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    sometime or some time

    Hi,
    Could you please tell me what the difference is between 'sometime' and 'some time' if there is any at all?

    I'll have an exam sometime in June/ some time in June.

    Are both sentences correct?

    Thanks:
    baraka

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    Re: sometime or some time

    sometime means

    "at an undefined time"
    EX: Come up and see me sometime.
    EX: I have an exam sometime in June.

    some time means

    "an amount of time"
    EX: Mammals arrived some time after the dinosaurs.
    EX: I need some time.

    SOURCE: http://www.gpuss.co.uk/english_usage/may_be_maybe.htm

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    Re: sometime or some time

    That's what I thought, too.

    What made me unsure, however, was a sentence in an English course book.

    -When is the happy day? (wedding day)
    -We're not sure. Perhaps some time in June.


    But it should be sometime, right?

    So, is it a printing mistake, then?

    Thanks,
    baraka

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    Re: sometime or some time

    Right. It should be 'sometime'.

    Note that, some time and sometime are 'notorious confusables': you can fit a word between "some" and "time", giving some unknown time, but that's the meaning for "sometime", not "some time".


    Hope that helps.

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    Re: sometime or some time

    Thanks a lot.

    And have a nice day.

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    Re: sometime or some time

    You're most welcome, baraka.

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