Around/round indicates movement or position in a circle or a curve.
- They sat around the fire.
- She walked around the house.
British people also use around to talk about going to all or most parts of a place, or giving things to everybody in a group.
- We walked around the town. (=We went to almost all parts of the town.)
- Could you pass the cups around, please?
Around and about
Around and about can both be used to mean here and there, some where in, in most parts of or similar ideas. They dont suggest a definite or clear movement or position.
- Children usually rush about/around .
- The prince went riding about/around the country.
- Where is Peter? He must be somewhere around/about.
Around/about can also mean approximately.
- She earns around/about $300 a month.
- Around/about fifty people were present at the meeting.
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Acronyms and initialisms New!
Above and over
Accept and agree
Adverbs with two forms
Affect and effect
All and every
Already, just and yet
All and whole
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a large amount of, a great deal of
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Alternate and alternative
Although and though
Amount and Number: differences New!
Anyhow and somehow
Articles - Rules for the use and omission of articles
Article A / an
As, because, since and for
As if and as though
As and though
Ask and ask for
As well as
As well as grammar
As well as grammar exercise
As, when and while
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