Grammar

Some Day or Someday?

Occasionally, when I’m writing a post, I’ll have a little grammar quandary of my own, just like the question of whether to use some day or someday.

Some grammar questions, like whether choose some day or someday in a sentence, involve very simple distinctions.

A few days ago, I wrote about the top 10 cities my blog readers are most likely to come from. It was an interesting post to write. I simply looked up blog stats on Google Analytics and checked out the geographic information on my blog visitors.

Since the GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, took effect in the European Union, data collectors like Google Analytics are limited on how long they can keep more detailed data on website visitors. For this site, Google Analytics deletes that level of information after 16 months.

But when I learned that city data fell into that category, I became curious to find out which cities were home to the biggest number of readers.

Some day or someday?

About one of those top 10 cities, I mentioned that I had not, as yet, visited it, but said I hoped to get there someday.

Actually, that’s not quite true. At first, I wrote some day, the two-word variant. Grammarly, the grammar plugin I use to help keep me on track (since I care about things like grammar), pointed out my choice as an error.

I didn’t think I’d made an error until I saw that red underline. So I looked it up.

No, they’re not the same. They’re not interchangeable.

Some day refers to a definite, though unspecified, day.

The manager will meet with the employee some day next week.

There’s a level of specificity there — next week — though the writer doesn’t list which specific day something will happen.

Someday is more broad, referring to something that might or will happen off in the future.

I haven’t visited that city, but I hope to someday.

I don’t have a specific day or date in mind. It might not happen at all. But then again, I might make it there off in the future.

Yes, the difference is very subtle, but knowing these differences make you a better writer. They also make your writing seem more credible to others who do know those rules.

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Patrick
Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.