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[suhm-tahymz] /ˈsʌmˌtaɪmz/
on some occasions; at times; now and then.
Origin of sometimes
1520-30; sometime + -s1
Can be confused
sometime, sometimes (see usage note at sometime) Unabridged
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  • sometimes the procession wends its way through the town, sometimes it covers only a short distance.
  • He is acclaimed for his advocacy of web standards, books and a sometimes prickly manner.
  • sometimes survival means lying, stealing, or vanishing in place.
  • sometimes these interviewees aren't well known, and sometimes they're famous.
  • The best vacation spot is sometimes in your own backyard.
  • The authors rightly decry the degree to which scientists have sometimes manufactured and exaggerated environmental uncertainties.
  • sometimes it's the journey, sometimes it's the destination-and sometimes, it's both.
  • But during the tempered glow of crimson sunsets or through a veil of thin cloud, the eye can sometimes spy areas of darkness.
  • Generally disease resistant, though foliage is sometimes disfigured by a small looper caterpillar.
  • sometimes these strategies involve co-operation, sometimes not.
British Dictionary definitions for sometimes


now and then; from time to time; occasionally
(obsolete) formerly; sometime
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Word Origin and History for sometimes

"now and then," 1520s, from sometime + adverbial genitive -s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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