Our Principal was walking around in the school, inspecting the kids and see what they were doing(such inspections are always sudden). So our teacher said:

Sit up straight, Ms.X is on a round.

Is the use of "on a round" natural?


It might or might not be the normal word in a particular school, where they might use "round", "patrol" or "tour". "Round" is certainly the normal word for doctors in a hospital (as is "the rounds")

Your sentence reads perfectly naturally, as do these:

  • Sit up straight, Ms X is doing a round (same meaning)
  • Look busy, Dr X is on a round (in a hospital, where rounds are regular) Also "on the rounds", and because regular and known also "on the round"
  • Note: Ms X is around (means only Ms X is nearby)
  • Note: "round" in British drinking vocabulary has different constructions
  • And what about: "make the rounds"? And I couldn't find "on the round" online.. – It's about English Apr 25 '19 at 10:45
  • And can these be only used for doctors??? – It's about English Apr 25 '19 at 10:51
  • It comes down to whether this is the normal word in a given institution. As far as I know, it's universal in hospitals (for doctors, nurses, midwives, etc) and certainly very common in other sectors. The headmaster of my UK school would speak of "doing the rounds" or "do a round this morning" – jonathanjo Apr 25 '19 at 11:04

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