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    Question Usage of "Talk around".

    "Talk around" phrase has some meanings in English. So, I wanna to check if my sentence is right.

    ex, He always talks around a subject even when just saying that "open my text" instead, "I might be opening my text".
    In other words, it means that he is wordy and never directly talks about anything. And the sentence can be more shorten and more common? Is the above example sentence described using common phrases? I hope you understand what I want to mean. Thanks!!

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    Default Re: Usage of "Talk around".

    Welcome to Using English.

    If you talk around something, you don't mention it directly. You don't use more words than are needed; it's not the same as being "wordy."

    You talk around something that you feel is embarrassing, that you think someone else might be embarrassed about, or just a topic we don't usually talk about in polite company. It could be anything from menopause to suicide to bowel movements, or your desire to be chosen to head a project but you don't want to ask directly.

    Your example doesn't make much sense to me, but it's not an example of talking around something.
    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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    Default Re: Usage of "Talk around".

    Thank you so much! I understand how to use "talk around". Thanks again.

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