Sometime it is difficult to live a honest life.

Should sometime be changed to sometimes and should there be a comma after it?

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1. Yes, it should be sometimes instead of sometime, as you are referring to multiple times.

2. There can be a comma there, depending on how you wish your sentence to sound.

Also a should be changed to an, because honest begins with a vowel sound.

Sometimes(,) it is difficult to live an honest life

It is is also generally changed to it's, but either one is grammatically correct.

  • I want to upvote this for your good and simple answer about sometimes, but why are you so prescriptive about the comma? Commented May 2, 2018 at 18:56
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    It is sometimes difficult to live an honest life. But: Sometimes, it is difficult to live an honest life.
    – Lambie
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 19:00
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    @joidevivre Good point, I have edited my answer to reflect it. (I commented once before but it didn't show up for me, so if this is a duplicate, I apologize.)
    – Abel
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 19:14

Sometimes is an adverb, and refers to frequency (it works like: never and, always) These adverbs often (but not always) are used with simple present.

Sometimes, grammar is difficult. Grammar is sometimes difficult.

Sometime: a time, in the sense of when one does something, but not on a clock

You should come and see me sometime. Also, an adverb, which refers to an undefined point in time or unspecified.

Also, sometime is an adjective:

He was a sometime librarian. [from time to time he worked as a librarian]


Yes, you should say sometimes.

There are at least two uses of the two-word expression some time. First, it can refer to a specific occasion that is certain in our minds but has not yet been determined: Come and see me some time. Second, according to the normal usage of the word some (as a partitive) it can refer to an indefinite quantity of time, as in: Give me some time to finish this.

About the comma, there is a difference of opinion. Some people say that when a sentence begins with sometimes it needs a comma, because what follows is a dependent clause. But either way, people will understand you.

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    There is no such word as sometime? What's this, then, dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/sometime ? Commented May 2, 2018 at 18:31
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    Good grief, that was a bad one. Thanks, @MichaelRybkin.
    – Nick Uva
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 18:38
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    Much better, but what do you have against the one-word "sometime," which can be either an adverb or an adjective? I don't need a sometime partner. I want a divorce. Commented May 2, 2018 at 18:52


1 archaic: in the past, formerly: James Smith, sometime professor of English at Northern College.

2 archaic: occasional: a sometime contributor to this newspaper. (Chiefly US usage, say some sources)

3 at some time in the future: I'll do it sometime

4 at some not specified or definitely known point of time: sometime last night



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