What is the best idiomatic way to point out an approximate time that happened during a month?

For example:

During the first semester he was basically passive and just observing things. During the second semester, however, there was a small change in him somewhere in April when he began participating in small discussions in class and became more active in team competitions.

  1. "sometime in April" ?

  2. "somewhere during April"?

  3. "somewhere in April"?

  4. "sometime during April"?

  5. something else?

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    sometime in April is the most idiomatic. I might use somewhere to hint that he was a bit lost. I would avoid somewhere during as it breaks the time-is-space metaphor. Jun 26, 2020 at 4:19

1 Answer 1


Anton Sherwood is right in his comment. “Where” is associated with space, not with time. The use of “where” in any form is not appropriate for a period of time. Use terms such as “when”, “during” and “sometime”. So 1 and 4 are correct.

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