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    Need spend sometime here and clear my mind.

    A Chinese student wrote a sentence like this:
    "Need spend sometime here and clear my mind."

    I wonder whether he has used the word "sometime" wrongly.
    Should it be "Need spend some time here and clear my mind"?

    But I am still not absolutely sure whether "Need spend some time here and clear my mind" sounds natural to native English speakers.

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    Re: A Chinese student wrote this sentence

    "I need to spend some time here to clear my mind." This is natural.
    "Sometime" as one word isn't right.
    Also, neither your sentence, nor the student's, has a subject. Did you notice that?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Oct-2016 at 08:58. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Re: A Chinese student wrote this sentence

    I think the Chinese student has just learned that "need" sometimes functions as "should" so that he wanted to put it to use; and he thought "I" could be omitted when speaking:

    (I need/should) spend some time here to clear my mind.

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    Re: A Chinese student wrote this sentence

    Your student needs to know, therefore, that they need to use "to spend" after "I need" and "spend" after "should". Also, the end of the sentence isn't natural as it is.

    I need to spend some time clearing my mind.
    I should spend some time clearing my mind.

    I am going to take some time to clear my mind.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A Chinese student wrote this sentence

    I need to spend some time here to clear my mind.

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    Re: A Chinese student wrote this sentence

    GoodTaste, please note that I have changed your original thread title.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: A Chinese student wrote this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I need to spend some time here to clear my mind.
    Indeed.

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    Re: A Chinese student wrote this sentence

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...e-or-some-time
    Having read the above, I think 'sometime' can be used in 'I come here sometime in the evening to clear my mind'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A Chinese student wrote this sentence

    It doesn't work for me with a habitual action without a time reference.

    Sometimes, I come here in the evening to clear my mind.
    I usually come here sometime in the evening to clear my mind.
    I will go there sometime this evening to clear my mind.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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