I kept a lid about the hole. [I meant, covered/around the hole]
He is the temple about, you look for him in the temple. [I meant `not far off/nearby the temple]
Please check whether I have correctly used the word `about' in my sentences.
nearby; not far off: e.g. He is somewhere about.
[source : dictionary.com]
I applied the above meaning in my second sentence where the `about' is an adverb. But if I put the `about' before the temple, it becomes a preposition.
Can I use as an adverb as in the dictionary?
As an adverb, it sounds better to me to say: He is somewhere hereabout.
He is out and about.
Check with others as well...