Sometime vs. Some time vs. Sometimes

Sometime, some time, and sometimes are the words that are frequently used in everyday lives, but because of the similarities in their spellings, even native speakers get confused with them SOMETIMES.

An indefinite time in the future or an unspecified point in the past

We should hang out sometime.
It happened sometime before noon yesterday.

Some time
A period of time. It is like saying ‘some people’, ‘some books’, etc. – ‘some’ is used to describe how much of the ‘time’.

Can you give me a call when you have some time?
I have some time to help you before I go work.

on certain occasions or in certain cases but not always
now and then; from time to time; occasionally

Sometimes he acts like a child.
Jack usually plays baseball after work. But he plays soccer sometimes.

Hannah Yoon
Hannah is a Pedagogy & Curriculum Associate and a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University pursuing a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. She loves learning new languages and other different cultures, which led her to study Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics. Prior to pursuing an MA at Teachers College, she worked as an equity analyst for 4.5 years at security firms.