I was chatting with one of my overseas friends:

My friend: Is it evening over there.

I: It's around evening here.

I want to express that it's not evening right now but very soon.

Did I answer correctly.

Please explain

Thank you.

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"Around", when used about times, means "approximately". If a period of time has not yet arrived, but will soon, it might be better to use 'nearly'.

It's nearly evening here.

  • Almost could also be used. Note that both nearly and almost (by their usage) imply that it will be even soon. With around, the interpretation is more ambiguous (because it's not normally used). It could also apply if evening had just passed, and the sky was starting to get light again. May 19, 2019 at 14:21

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