Sometimes, sometime, and some time!

Sometimes, sometime, and some time are very different words so you need to be careful when you use them. These are words that even native speakers get confused with!

1. Sometimes is an adverb of frequency. Think of it as halfway between never and always.

Example sentences:

Sometimes I am so tired I can’t get out of bed!

He sometimes plays tennis instead of going to the gym.

We like to go to the beach on vacation sometimes.

2. Sometime (no ‘s’) is also an adverb, but it is used to talk about an unspecified point in the future or an unspecified point in the past.

Example sentences:

We should get together for coffee sometime!

Sometime soon I would like you to clean your room!

The accident occurred sometime before 6pm.

3. When you use some time, it’s like saying ‘some food’ or ‘some people’ – some is used to talk about how much of the noun time you have or want.

Example sentences:

Do you have some time to check my essay?

She has some time to spend in her garden now that she has quit her job.

Take some time to think about the offer before you accept or decline it.

He was able to buy some time by saying his wife was out of town & he can’t make a decision without her.
(idiom: to buy time = to get more time; he wanted more time to make a decision so he said he couldn’t make a decision without his wife.)

“A While” and “Awhile”

Both of these terms are expressions of time, but one is written with a space while the other is one word. What are the differences in meaning between the two? And what are the appropriate uses of each?

These two terms represent different parts of speech. The two-word expression a while is a noun phrase, consisting of the article a and the noun while, defined as “a period or interval of time.”

The one-word awhile is an adverb that means “for a short time or period.”

Although these definitions are similar, and although the terms can sometimes be used interchangeably, there are a few simple rules that prove helpful in keeping them straight.

A While

The noun phrase a while can and often does follow a preposition, such as for or in: “He said he would be home in a while.”


The adverb awhile cannot follow a preposition, a rule that makes sense if you revisit the definition of the term and drop it into a sentence such as the one above: “He said he would be home in for a short time or period.” However, if we omit the preposition and rewrite it as “He said he would be home awhile,” the sentence works with a slightly altered meaning.



the essential substance or details of a matter; basics; crux:

Let’s skip the chitchat and get down to the nitty-gritty.

fundamental, detailed, or probing:
nitty-gritty questions.

direct and practical:
nitty-gritty advice; a nitty-gritty system.

Kerbobbled (Adjective)

Confused, mixed up, bewildered.

Impregnable adj.

1. A building that is impregnable is so strong that it cannot be entered by force.


An impregnable fortress.

2. Strong and impossible to change or influence.

Her impregnable obstinacy.

Eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious, and other monstrosities



Over at my obscure words website, The Phrontistery, there’s been a word that has been the subject of many astonished inquiries over the years: eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious, which means simply ‘good’.   At 30 letters, it’s the longest word on a site that’s full of them. More to the point, because my site is one of the most prominent places you can find the word, and because it doesn’t appear in any standard dictionaries (including the mammoth Oxford English Dictionary), over the years, I have had many people write to ask whether it is in fact a real word at all.

So to try to answer this question, first let me tell you about how eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious came to be in my list.  Back at the dawn of the Internet (well, OK, more like 1996), I had no idea that my word list would still be around (and over twice…

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Describing movement!

Brandish: To wave something in the air in a threatening or excited way.

Example: The driver of the car had got out and approached them brandishing a gun.

See, look or watch?


We use see to mean simply that an image comes into our eyes. It may not be deliberate. As soon as we open our eyes, we see things.

  • I can see a cloud in the sky.
  • I suddenly saw a bird fly in front of me.
  • Didn’t you see Ram? He was waving at you.


Look (at)

When we look, we try to see. We make a special effort. We concentrate our eyes on something.

  • Look! It’s snowing!
  • Look at this photo! Isn’t it beautiful?
  • I’m looking but I don’t see it.

When we use look with an object, we say look + at + object, for example:
John looked at Mary.



With the verb watch, we are much more active. Watch is like look, but requires more effort from us. Wewatch things that are going to move, or change in some way. And we watch the movements and changes.

  • The police decided to watch the suspected murderer rather than arrest him immediately. They hoped he would lead them to the body.
  • I like watching motor racing on TV.
  • If you watch that egg for long enough you’ll see it hatch.


Watch or See for movies, concerts, TV etc?

In general, we use see for public performances and watch for television at home.

  • We’re going to see George Clooney’s latest movie at the cinema tonight.
  • We saw the All Blacks beat Wales in Cardiff last year.
  • Did you ever see Michael Jackson live on stage?
  • Have you seen that Gaddafi video on YouTube?
  • Last night we stayed home and watched some films on TV.
  • When I’m bored I play a few DVDs and watch them on my computer.


Idiomatic expression with “brain”

          Idioms with “brain”      


Rack one`s brain:

To try hard to think of something or remember something.

I racked my brain to try and decide what to do about the computer problem. 

Beat one’s brain out (to do something):

To try very hard to to do something.

To try very hard to do something. If you think I’m going to beat my brains out to do this, you are crazy. 

I beat out my brains to do this for you!

 Iwon’t beat my brains out again for you!

Ain’t got the brains God gave a squirrel and ain’t got the sense God gave geese

Is or are very foolish. 
There goes John, running around barefooted in the snow. He ain’t got the brains God gave a squirrel. 
No use trying to explain anything to Jane. She ain’t got the sense God gave geese.

Pick the brains of (someone) or pick (someone’s) brains:

To talk to someone in order to get some information about something.

We picked the brains of the official who was talking about the pollution problem.

Creative (adj.) Creatively (adverb) Creativeness (noun) Creativity (noun)


Producing or using original and unusual ideas.


a creative person/artist/designer/programmer
creative talents/powers/abilities
creative thinking

Too many rules might deaden creativity.

Creativity, ingenuity, and flair are the songwriter’s real talents.