Today I am going to show you how we use around, which is both adverb and a preposition. I am sure you will find learning this English Grammar helpful, especially if you are preparing for the TOEIC or TOEFL exam.
We use around to mean approximately:
- There are around thirty English Language schools in New York City.
- Jack is tall. He’s around 190cm.
We use around to mean near:
- There are a lot of restaurants around my office.
- You can see many interesting people around Times Square.
We use around with the meaning of encircle or surround something:
- The hotel is build around a swimming pool.
- We sat around the table during the meeting.
We use around with the meaning of moving in a circle or toward the other side of (like a corner):
- The man walked around the corner.
- The kids ran around the tree.
We use around to talk about moving to many different places in one area of a city, office, shop, etc:
- We walked around Chinatown for three hours on Saturday.
- Let’s look around the museum.
We use turn around to talk about changing the direction or movement in an opposite direction:
- The road was closed so I had to turn the car around and go a different way.
- Everyone turned around when we heard the loud noise in the office.
We use be around to mean exist in a location:
- I’ll be around until 3:00, then I have to leave the office.
- That café has been around since 1970.
I think I’ve covered most of the common ways to use around. If you know another way to use around, let me know. In the meantime, how about trying to use some of these patterns? Write a sentence or two in the comment box below!
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