Hi galindez,Originally Posted by galindez
I am quoting from 'Practical English Usage' by Michael Swan.
In British English 'round' can be used for movement or position:
'She walked round the car and looked at the wheels.
We all sat round the table.
Where do you live? Just round the corner.
Also in British English round is used to talk about going to all (or most) parts of a place, or giving things to everybody in a group:
We walked round the old part of the town.
Can I look round.
Could you pass the cups round, please?
around ((or about) refer to movements or positions that are not very clear or definite:
The children were running (around ( or about) everywhere
Also used to talk about time-wasting or silly activities:
Stop fooling around (or about) . We're late.
It can also mean 'approximately':
What time shall I come? around ( or about) eight.
In American English (I am still quoting as I am Australian) about is mostly used to mean 'approximately' or 'not exactly'.
Americans (still quoting) normally use around where British English uses round.
I hope that helps.
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