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I had an interesting discussion regarding this.

We (non-native speakers) tend to transliterate the words in English whilst trying to convey our message.

I have often seen here, people use this sentence a lot

I will get back to you in some time.
or
I will get back to you in sometime.

Interestingly I reckon the correct usage should be:

I will get back to you momentarily.
I will get back to you soon.
I will get back to you later.

However, in sometime or in some time does sound natural.

Later, sooner and momentarily are indefinite, in some time sounds like - today but don't know when!

What is the correct way of conveying this?

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    Do people really say "in some time"? I mean, I'd expect "in time". Or of course "in xxx minutes/hours" (substituting a real amount of time). "In some time" sounds far too vague to be useful. – Mr Lister May 27 '16 at 15:05
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    "I will get back to you sometime" should be fine. Sometime means at some unspecified or unknown time, not necessarily today. In fact, none of your suggestions imply "today", except momentarily, maybe. – NVZ May 27 '16 at 15:08
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    Tell me. What exactly do you wish to convey? And I'll tell you a better phrase. – NVZ May 27 '16 at 15:11
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    No, native speakers do not say "in some time", and especially not "in sometime". At least not in my experience with American (primarily), British, and Australian English. – PellMel May 27 '16 at 15:13
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    "I will get back to you some time later today [or later this week, etc.]" is the only way I've ever heard anything like that. – Mike Harris May 27 '16 at 15:52
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The three suggestions you posted are all viable, but subtly mean different timeframes. Momentarily and soon are considered less indefinite than later.

I will get back to you momentarily.

Would lead me to expect a response in the next few minutes to an hour.

I will get back to you soon.

Would mean to me that your response could arrive sometime in the next 24 - 48 hours at the latest, but could also arrive earlier. If I did not receive the response after two days, I would send a follow-up, for instance.

I will get back to you later.

Has a much less definite expectation without further modification, as in "later today", "later tonight", or "later this week". Without modification, this is probably the most accurate colloquial transliteration of "in some time" which is also equally indefinite, but generally not phraseology that a native speaker would use.

That said

I will get back to you sometime this evening.

is perfectly acceptable from a native-speaking point of view, so perhaps the modifier is the missing component in those instances.

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These two sentences are absolutely acceptable and convey their meaning well, however, they are not commonly used. I expect this is as "sometime" is often used to mean "a specific point in the future, as of yet undetermined" and could cause confusion (since in this case you use it to mean "An indeterminate amount of time"). The latter examples are highly preferable.

EDIT: This said, the phrase "I'll get back to you sometime" without the "in" is also perfectly valid (however the reverse argument applies).

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    -1 Google Books claims 681 hits for get back to you sometime, but none at all for get back to you in sometime (regardless of whether some time is written as one word or two). – FumbleFingers May 27 '16 at 15:32
  • @fumblefingers yes, and this further backs up my point - these are rarely used – Callum Mcshane May 27 '16 at 15:46
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    The way I read it, you're saying OP's in examples are "absolutely acceptable" (although not common). But I think they're absolutely unacceptable. – FumbleFingers May 27 '16 at 15:55

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