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    Default Can I say this with all these verbs?

    When I want to say that I'm not doing anything important, can I use all these verbs to mean that?

    to fool around, to hang around, to goof around, to stand around, to chill (out)...

    Can they be used to mean this concept or....?
    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: Can I say this with all these verbs?

    To goof around
    To stand around

    These are two I've never heard someone say or have used myself.

    To fool around: I've seen it used by observers but never the actor. "Stop fooling around." It implies mischief, and not really the sort of laid back feeling you are going for.

    To hang around: I have used "You want to hang out?" and "I am just hanging out." I have not used "hang around".

    To chill: "You want to chill?" I have used that and have been asked it as well. Never asked or requested "You want to chill out?" That implies that someone is throwing a temper tantrum and needs to calm down.

    So, the best one is 'hang around' but more like 'hang out'. 'To chill' could also be used, but without the 'out.' The others, I wouldn't used.

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    Default Re: Can I say this with all these verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    When I want to say that I'm not doing anything important, can I use all these verbs to mean that?

    to fool around, to hang around, to goof around, to stand around, to chill (out)...

    Can they be used to mean this concept or....?
    Thank you very much.
    "To fool around" is the same as "messing around" - you're not doing anything important, in fact, you are probably doing something very silly and pointless. (It also means "to be unfaithful to your partner".)
    "To hang around" just means to loiter in an area without doing anything at all, important or otherwise.
    "To goof around" is very similar to "to fool around"
    "To stand around" is similar to "to hang around".
    "To chill out" just means to relax. You could be anywhere - at home, on a beach, at a friend's house.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Can I say this with all these verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "To fool around" is the same as "messing around" - you're not doing anything important, in fact, you are probably doing something very silly and pointless. (It also means "to be unfaithful to your partner".)
    "To hang around" just means to loiter in an area without doing anything at all, important or otherwise.
    "To goof around" is very similar to "to fool around"
    "To stand around" is similar to "to hang around".
    "To chill out" just means to relax. You could be anywhere - at home, on a beach, at a friend's house.
    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: Can I say this with all these verbs?

    Your thanks are appreciated, dilodi, but you don't need to send them in a separate post or quote our replies back to us.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.


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