Somewhere or Some Where?

by Craig Shrives

Should I write "somewhere" or "some where"?

If you're unsure whether to write "somewhere" or "some where," your problem is easily solved. Write "somewhere" (i.e., the one-word version). For example:
  • Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. (Journalist Sharon Begley) correct tick
  • Electric cars aren't pollution-free; they have to get their energy from somewhere. (Actress Alexandra Paul) correct tick
  • A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. (Comedian Groucho Marx) correct tick
The two-word version is a spelling mistake:
  • Some where deep down there's a decent man in me. He just can't be found. (Rapper Eminem) wrong cross
Of course, you might be able to concoct a sentence that features the words "some" and "where" next to each other, but, as an adverb of place, "some where" is always a spelling mistake.

It is the same deal with nowhere/no where and nowhere/no where. The one-word version is correct. The two-word version is a spelling mistake.

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