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    Language teaching has been around for many centuries.

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    "Language teaching has been around for many centuries, and over the centuries, it has changed." I got this sentence while i was reading an article. Can you please tell me if around used as an adverb or adjective in the context? I checked in dictionary. As in the dictionary, it is adverb. If it is an adverb, I feel quite difficult to get the meaning.

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    Re: Language teaching has been around for many centuries.

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Hi,

    "Language teaching has been around for many centuries, and over the centuries, it has changed." I got this sentence while i was reading an article. Can you please tell me if around used as an adverb or adjective in the context? I checked in dictionary. As in the dictionary, it is adverb. If it is an adverb, I feel quite difficult to get the meaning.

    Thanks,
    Some dictionaries call "around" an adverb in that use, but others call it an adjective. The meaning of "around" in your sentence is "in existence". As such, I would call it an adjective.

    See the adjective listing in the first group here: around - definition of around by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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