Misused Words

About and Around

About, a preposition, refers to time.

He arrived home about two o'clock in the morning.

Note: Avoid using the phrase at about because this is redundant. You will arrive either at 3:00 p.m. sharp or about 3:00 p.m. About means you could arrive before or after the designated time. About is not so precise as at.

Around, a preposition, refers to place.

The teenager leaves his clothes around the house.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The honeymooners enjoyed walking (about, around) the garden.

(2) The teenage was told that he should be home (about, around) midnight.

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