Someday/Some day, Everyday/ Every day, Sometime/ Some time/ Sometimes
It’s crucial to understand the meaning and use of every word you’ve learned if you truly want to master your English. However, like many other languages, English has a lot of confusing words that sometimes cause trouble for us when putting them in use. In previous posts, we have already shared with you some commonly confused words and showed you how to distinguish them. Now, we’ll look at some more common confusing words in English. Don’t forget to take notes whenever necessary for further reviews.
Someday and some day
Someday is an adverb referring to future events that will occur at an indefinite time.
She told me that she would be an actor someday.
Someday I will travel the world.
Some day (with a space between the two words) is, on the other hand, a phrase that refers to a 24-hour span of time in the future that has not yet been specified.
Let’s go to the cinema some day next week.
I have a dentist’s appointment some day next month.
Everyday and every day
Everyday is an adjective (used in front of a noun) we use to describe something that’s seen or used every day (such as “everyday clothes”, “everyday shoes”, ‘everyday life”…)
These shoes are great for everyday activities.
You shouldn’t wear an everyday outfit to the wedding.
Every day is a phrase that simply means “each day.”
I have to work every day this week except Friday.
I get up for work every day at 6 o’clock.
Some time, sometime and sometimes
As an adverb, sometime refers to an unspecified or unknown point of time in the future (It is similar to “someday” or “one day”).
I think we should go to the cinema sometime next week.
I’ll try to finish the book sometime soon.
As an adjective, sometime means “former” (happened in the past but not any longer in the presence)
The article was written by James Harries, sometime writer of the New York Times.
She is his sometime employee.
The two-word expression means “a fairly long time” or “a period of time”
It will take some time to finish the book.
I think we need some time apart.
He has been working here for some time.
Sometimes is an adverb (there is no space between “some” and “times”). It is a frequency adverb which means “occasionally” or “every now and then”.
Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone, to experience, appreciate and love yourself.
“Sometimes it’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.” — Richard Webber.
These words above are probably among the most common confusing words in English that we regularly misuse without realizing our mistakes. It may take us some time to clearly understand how to use them correctly, so don’t worry if you still feel puzzled after reading through the post.
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