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    On, About, Around

    A preposition question:

    1. "a smile on his lips"
    2. "a smile about his lips"
    3. "a smile around his lips"

    All three usages could be found on google, but only the first two is considered standard by dictionaries. So, according to native speakers, is the third sentence poor English?

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    Re: On, About, Around

    Quote Originally Posted by katyu View Post
    All three usages could be found on google, but only the first two is are considered standard by dictionaries. So, according to native speakers, is the third sentence poor English?
    It's not very common. but I wouldn't say it's poor English.

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    Re: On, About, Around

    Interesting, I would have said that #1 and #3 sounded OK but #2 sounds unnatural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: On, About, Around

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Interesting, I would have said that #1 and #3 sounded OK but #2 sounds unnatural.
    I agree with you.

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    Re: On, About, Around

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree with you.
    Much like not needing to write a new post to say "Thank you", it really isn't necessary to write a new post to say that you agree with something if there is no more information given. Simply clicking "Like" on my post will tell others that you agree. If you disagree with another opinion then it is worth a new post because you'll give the reason for the disagreement. As with the "Thank you" posts, some people are on very slow connections and taking all that time to get into a new post to find that there is no new information and no further question is really frustrating. In addition, just stating "I agree" can start to look like a user is simply trying to bump up their post total for some reason!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: On, About, Around

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Interesting, I would have said that #1 and #3 sounded OK but #2 sounds unnatural.
    COCA gives 10 examples for about and 59 for around. The BNC has 17 for about and 12 for around.

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