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    About, around, roughly


    About, around, roughly.

    The dictonary says they mean the same (rather say they could be used in the same situation equally).

    My suggestion is:

    About, around (approximately) - the same.
    Roughly - it is less exactly than about, around.

    Am I right?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by greegorush; 04-Jun-2009 at 12:35.

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    Re: About, around, roughly

    approximately but not exactly:
    - Sales are up by roughly 10%.
    - We live roughly halfway between here and the coast.
    - They all left at roughly the same time.
    - Roughly speaking, we receive about fifty letters a week on the subject.

    adj. almost correct or accurate, but not completely so:

    - an approximate number / total / cost
    - The cost given is only approximate.
    - Use these figures as an approximate guide in your calculations.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    not exactly but close in number, quality, meaning, etc.
    - Roughly translated, it means “hurry up!”
    - The new product is modeled roughly on an earlier design.
    - Roughly [=approximately] 20 percent of our land is farmland.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    almost correct or exact
    - This is the approximate location of the ancient city.
    - her approximate age
    close in value or amount but not precise
    - Can you give me the approximate cost of the repair?
    - The repair should cost approximately [=about, around, roughly] $200.

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