What is "It was round the part of the day" in the quote below
It was round the part of the day when I usually help Pa out in the field with the crops.
Source: Gone Swift as Dust, The Reading & Writing Project
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The a in around is often clipped in informal or conversational speech, and the writer was imitating speech.
The clearest way to write that would have been to use an apostrophe to acknowledge the omission:
It was 'round the part of the day when I usually help Pa out in the field with the crops.
Here round means approximately, about:
For usage of around vs round:
Around and round are prepositions or adverbs. We use around and round when we refer to movements in circles or from one place to another. Around and round can both be used. Around is more common in American English. Round is a little more common in speaking:
The earth goes round the sun. (movement in circles)
We spent a very pleasant day walking round the town. (movement from one place to another)
Now they are retired, they are planning a trip around the world.