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    Red face sometime, some time, due to, owing to

    Would you explain and correct for me :

    1) sometime = at some time
    • I will meet him sometime around 8:00 this evening.

    2) some time = for some period of time
    • I will stay with him some time around one hour.
    (Actually, I want to say I will stay with him around one hour time, but I want to try to make a sentence with "some time")


    3) What is the usage guideline for "Owing to / due to"?

    a) I was not able to join the party due to the flight delay from China.
    b) Owing to the fact that the flight was late from China, I was not able
    to join the party.
    c) Owing to the flight delay from China, I was not able to join the party.

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    Default Re: sometime, some time, due to, owing to

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Would you explain and correct for me :

    1) sometime = at some time
    • I will meet him sometime around 8:00 this evening.
    2) some time = for some period of time
    • I will stay with him some time around one hour.
    (Actually, I want to say I will stay with him around one hour time, but I want to try to make a sentence with "some time")


    3) What is the usage guideline for "Owing to / due to"?

    a) I was not able to join the party due to the flight delay from China.
    b) Owing to the fact that the flight was late from China, I was not able
    to join the party.
    c) Owing to the flight delay from China, I was not able to join the party.

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    1. Correct.
    2. The use of "some time' is indeterminate, so it is directly compatible with a specific time frame. You could use it like this:

    I stayed there for some time, probably about an hour.

    3. Owing to/due to/because of/ are pretty much interchangeable.

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    Default Re: sometime, some time, due to, owing to

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
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    3. Owing to/due to/because of/ are pretty much interchangeable.
    I've come across a prescription that 'due to' requires an antecedent noun. This means that while The delay was due to the bad traffic is 'OK' Due to the bad traffic there was a delay is 'wrong'. This prescription is on the wane, but in formal language, in BE, it is still sometimes observed; it's safer, when in the presence of influential and misinformed pedants, to start sentences with 'Owing to' rather than 'Due to'.

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