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Someplace vs. some place

The one-word someplace is not out of place in informal writing, but it might be considered questionable in formal contexts, as it is yet to be accepted as a standard form and is listed in dictionaries only as a colloquialism. The compound may someday catch on (as someday has), but for now the two-word some place is always safer, and it is by far the more common form in published writing from this century.

Examples

These writers get away with using someplace because the tone is informal:


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But right now the world is awash in cheap money, looking for someplace to go. [NY Times]

Show this scene to a resident of Miami or Nice—someplace where a sunny day is a fact of life rather than an actual miracle—and they’d guess it was a refugee camp. [Independent (article now offline)]

Just as the last few years have driven him to find a way to land someplace stable. [Hamilton Spectator]

But most of the time, the two-word some place, as it appears below, is preferred:

[T]hey’d blow into some place, get everybody out and dismantle the bomb. [Los Angeles Times]

And we saw that Lee isn’t a bad runner when he has some place to run. [The Independent (article now offline)]

Once we’re done, I would like for the AT-AT to find some place nice to be housed and admired as a monument. [Herald Sun]

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  1. Christophe Patrouch says:

    Another example from The New York Times, 11/04/2012: “Temperatures fell into the 30s on Sunday and are expected to drop below freezing this week as tens of thousands of people search for someplace to live.”

    I don’t like it. I can understand “someday” and “somewhere” but not “someplace”. I prefer “some place”.

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  2. Velvet Android says:

    For what it’s worth, “someplace” is pretty much unheard of in British English, where “somewhere” would invariably be used.

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