What's the difference: 'sometime' vs 'some time'

ScottsEnglishScottsEnglish Administrator Posts: 1,137 admin ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
edited March 2016 in Grammar
I was recently reading a student email.  In it, she wrote the following:
We surely need to plan another holiday some time next month.
What's wrong here?  Well, the problem is in her use of the words 'some time'.

Rule 1: ‘Sometime’ means ‘at a time in the future or the past that is not known or not stated’. It can answer the question 'when?' 

E.g., He said he'd sit his TOEIC test sometime = a time in the future which is not stated.

Rule 2: 'Some time' means 'quite a while'. It can answer the question 'how long?'

E.g,, I think I'll spend some time preparing for my English test tonight = quite a while (i.e., several hours,) studying.

Which rule has she broken in her email?  Write your answer in the comments section below.

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