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    round and around in phrasal verbs

    I have recently come across the following phrasal verb TO GET AROUND in one test. The keys to the test gives AROUND as the correct answer. Then I looked it up in the Cambridge Dictionary and there was TO LOOK ROUND. (The meaning by the way is to coax.) So I asked myself - if round and around could be interchangable in phrasal verbs? and in other situations? Could you help me to clear it up?

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    Re: round and around in phrasal verbs

    I am not a teacher.

    "Round" for "around" is rare in Standard American English. We "look around" and not "round". We "get around" a problem; we do not "get round" it. We know the word from old words like "merry-go-round", from nursery rhymes like "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" and in certain stock phrases like "round and round" (often made "around and around", nonetheless). What many of us do not realize, it seems, is that it is not short for "around" and does not take a leading apostrophe.

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