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    Dear Teacher,
    I heard the following expression:

    "John looks about around"

    1. Can you tell me exactly what it means?
    2. Does it mean the same as: "to look around" ?
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    I heard the following expression: "John looks about around"
    I think you heard someone who was not a native speaker. We either look about or look (a)round, not both.

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    Sorry,
    I did not quote the sentence properly. What I heard was:
    "John looks about nervously".
    My question is twofold
    1. What does this expression"to look about" mean" in that context?
    2. Does it have the same meaning as "to look around"?
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    "John looks about nervously".
    Does it have the same meaning as "to look around"?
    Yes.

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    Default Re: look about

    In America we say "look around" while in Britain it's either "look about" or "look round"

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    In America we say "look around" while in Britain it's either "look about" or "look round".
    We use "look around" in BrE as well.

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