I came across two sentences and wanted to check with you which one is correct:

(1) Back then, I was trouble-making and rebellious sometime.
(2) Back then, I was trouble-making and rebellious sometimes.

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    Have you looked up sometime and sometimes in the dictionary? – Kate Bunting Feb 11 at 14:12
  • Yes, but I'm still confused because in this case, I wanted to say that at some point in the past I was xxx. I don't know if "sometime" works here. – Alex Feb 11 at 14:33
  • Not really. Sometimes would mean 'on several occasions'. If you are only referring to one occasion, it's better to word it differently - 'there was a time when I was xxx', for example. – Kate Bunting Feb 11 at 16:27
  • I'll see you sometime means I'll see you at some unspecified future time, with the strong implication that I'm only referring to a single future meeting. But I'll see you sometimes implies that I'll see you more than once in the future (just not very frequently). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Feb 11 at 18:39

If your are asking specifically about "sometime/sometimes", the second is correct. It is clear the writer is referring to a pattern of repeated behaviour which and to multiple occasions, so "sometimes" is correct. If only one action is being referred to, then "sometime" could be correct, but even so its use is unusual - more usually it refers to some planned or future action: "I'll go to New York sometime".

The use of "trouble-making" is also rather non-standard. More usually you might say "Back then I caused trouble..." or "Back then I was a trouble maker..." or "Back then I was troublesome..."

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