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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    I held/put a lid about the hole. [I meant, covered/around the hole]

    He is about the temple, while you look for him inside the temple. [I meant `not far off/nearby the temple]


    Please check whether I have correctly used the word `about' in my sentences.

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    Default Re: about the hole

    adverb
    about =
    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?

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    Default Re: about the hole

    As an adverb, it sounds better to me to say: He is somewhere hereabout.

    or

    He is out and about.

    Check with others as well...

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