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WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
around - round - about
talking about movement: ‘around’, ‘round’, and ‘about’ as prepositions or adverbs
When you are talking about movement in many different directions, you can use around, round, or about. You can use these words as adverbs.
It's so romantic up there, flying around in a small plane.
We wandered round for hours.
Police walk about patrolling the city.
You can also use these words as prepositions.
I've been walking around Moscow.
I spent a couple of hours driving round Richmond.
He looked about the room but couldn't see her.
Speakers of American English usually use around, rather than ‘round’ or ‘about’, in this sense.
talking about position: ‘around’ and ‘round’ as prepositions
When one thing is around or round another thing, it surrounds it or is on all sides of it. In this sense, these words are prepositions. You can't use ‘about’ in this sense.
She was wearing a scarf round her head.
He had a towel wrapped around his head.
The earth moves round the sun.
The satellite passed around the earth.
Speakers of American English usually use around, rather than ‘round’, in this sense.
being present or available: ‘around’ and ‘about’ as adverbs
When you are talking about something being generally present or available, you can use around or about, but not ‘round’, as adverbs.
There is a lot of talent around at the moment.
There are not that many jobs about.
‘around’ and ‘round’ used in phrasal verbs
You can also use around or round as the second part of some phrasal verbs, including come (a)round, turn (a)round, look (a)round, and run (a)round.
Don't wait for April to come round before planning your vegetable garden.
When interview time came around, Rachel was nervous.
Imogen got round the problem in a clever way.
A problem has developed and I don't know how to get around it.
He turned round and faced the window.
The old lady turned around angrily.
American English uses only around in these cases.
‘around’, ‘about’ and ‘round about’ meaning ‘approximately’
In conversation, around, about and round about are sometimes used to mean ‘approximately’.
He owns around 200 acres.
She's about twenty years old.
I've been here for round about ten years.
Be careful
Don't use ‘round’ like this. Don't say, for example, ‘He owns round 200 acres.’
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