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Sometime refers to an unspecified point in time.

The two-word expression some time means a period of time or quite a while.

I meant to say I pressed the bell first and she pressed the bell after some time lapsed.

This is my sentence: She pressed the bell some time after me.

Grammarly has corrected it to: She pressed the bell sometime after me.

I'm not sure which is the correct version?

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I would prefer your version. Most examples with relative time seem to use "some time" - some time ago, some time since, etc. And in your case, I think you do mean a period of time. If it can be substituted with "a while", "some time" is appropriate; if it can be preceded by "at", then "sometime" is the right choice. Which one do you mean?


She pressed the bell sometime after me means that the time elapsed between your action and hers is unknown, or at least unspecified.

She pressed the bell some time after me can be understood to mean that the time lapsed between the actions was substantial. Here, and with that interpretation, some time after has the meaning no small amount of time after, or quite some time after.

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