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I see ‘round’ and ‘around’ are uses in the book. Most ones can be placed by the other ones, I think. Can you teach me what the difference between them?

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Around is an adverb or preposition that can sometimes be replaced by round used as an adverb or preposition.

He walked around/round the block.

But round can also be an adjective or verb, and cannot be replaced with 'around' when used in those functions.

He rounded the bend. (round as verb)

The plate was round. (round as adjective)

  • I'd like to add that round, without a contracting apostrophe prefixed to it, is not an adverb or preposition. So, around can be replaced by 'round, but it needs the apostrophe. This arose from the a being dropped in spoken conversation for convenience. edit Oof, tricked by American/British English differences. It would appear "round" is indeed an adverb in British vernacular. dictionary.com/browse/round – Elininja Apr 11 at 23:28
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    Yes, that's how it arose, but you'll now see it without the apostrophe quite frequently, especially in phrases like "round-the-clock care/coverage." It is itself listed as an adverb or preposition, without the apostrophe, in several dictionaries, with reference to 'around' for meaning. – Katy Apr 11 at 23:35
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When "around" is used to mean "in the area of" it is less likely to be replaced by "round", although it still can be:

I often saw him around the neighborhood.

When "around is used to mean "approximately" the use of "round" is also less likely:

I think he weighs around 200 pounds.

It should take me around 3 days to finish

In this usage "about" can be used in place of "around".

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