Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Around vs. About

Around means encircling; in such a position as to encircle or surround.
About means approximately; nearly.

Do not use around when you mean approximately.
  • The chicken weighed around four pounds. (incorrect)
  • The chicken weighed about four pounds. (correct)
  • She tied a scarf about her neck. (incorrect)
  • She tied a scarf around her neck. (correct)