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How should I decide between "sometime back" and "sometimes back"?

Sometime back I received a call from Mr. X

Sometimes back I received a call from Mr. X

Which sentence is correct?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

'Sometime' refers to a single instance, which fits with the single telephone call.

'Sometimes' refers to a number of instances, in which case you would need to refer to more than one call, but you wouldn't use 'sometimes back'.

You have a typo and a missing article. The 1st phrase should be 'Sometime back I received a call from Mr X'.

You can also use 'A while ago' - 'One day/night'.

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It may be that OP actually wants Some time back. –  TimLymington Feb 7 at 11:34

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