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    Default circle (around/round) the sun

    Eight planets circle around/round the sun.

    Can we use "circle" this way as an intransitive verb? Would it be better to leave out 'around/round'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: circle (around/round) the sun

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Eight planets circle around/round the sun.

    Can we use "circle" this way as an intransitive verb? Would it be better to leave out 'around/round'?

    Thank you in advance.
    "Eight planets circle the sun" is better, though we generally use "orbit" rather than "circle".

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    Default Re: circle (around/round) the sun

    Still sounds better than trying to make "ellipses" into a verb!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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