Today’s a great day to learn something new (or to celebrate the fact that you already know what I’m going to share with you).

Here’s the difference between sometime and some time and sometimes.

Some time is a phrase. Some (adjective) + time (noun)
It means a period of time or a certain amount of time.


I need some more time to fix the sink.
He has been reading the same book for some time.
It has been some time since my father last watched TV.
It takes time for the chicken to roast so Shelley will have to wait some time before she can eat.

Sometime is an adverb, which means that it describes a verb, adjective or another adverb.
It means “at some unspecified, undefined or unknown time.”


I’ll see you again sometime.
He left sometime after the movie ended. (NOTE: Notice that when the writer uses the term sometime, he or she isn’t sure of the time or date.)
Tony promised to bring me to Paris sometime in June.
I’ll arrive sometime after 6PM.

Sometimes is also an adverb, describing either a verb, adjective or another adverb.
It means “occasionally” or “every now and then” or “not regularly” or “not often.”


Mary plays mahjong sometimes.
Sometimes, when she is lonely, she heads up to the rooftop to watch the moonrise.

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