If someone walks/runs around a ground (or maybe anything like school.)

I walked one round. (Or should it be "lap"?) (Or: I've walked ten rounds)

I ran one round. (Or should it be "laps" instead of "rounds"?) (Or:I've run ten rounds; I ran ten rounds).

Like: "I've walked around this ground once." (I guess that this sounds really long and maybe it does not flow well)

Walk/Run ten rounds of this ground.


Take/Walk ten laps of this ground.

A teacher asks a kid to do this.


Running or walking, it doesn't really matter to the grammar.

A "lap" is a widely-understood word to describe a measured, roughly circular route. Running or walking, it doesn't really matter to the grammar:

I walked three laps of the field.
I ran three laps of the field.

Another word you might use in place of it is "circuits".

A "round" is not a word I have heard to describe a circular walk or run. Perhaps you mean around, as in:

I ran around the field three times.

  • And does it sound okay: "Take two laps of the ground" or should it be "run/Walk ten laps of the ground"? (Teacher says this to a student) – It's about English Jul 10 '19 at 11:35
  • If I walk around the basketball court (just a walk); we were asked to. Will it be okay to say: "I walked two laps of the basketball court." – It's about English Jul 10 '19 at 12:02
  • you could just say do two laps. A lap doesn't have to be circular (in the sense of being a circle shape), it can be a square/triangle/rectangle. It is circular as it finishes where it starts. Consider Grand Prix circuits - they are not shaped like circles - they are quite irregular - but they do finish where they start, and so are circular in that sense. Cars do laps around these. THinking about it you could also use circuits. I did 10 circuits of the forest – Smock Jul 10 '19 at 13:05
  • @It'saboutEnglish - You would not say "...of the ground," since ground as a singular/uncountable noun means "the dirt under my feet," not a specified area like the an athletic field. You can use grounds in the plural to mean "the property belonging to a building," so a "lap of the school grounds," means a run or walk around the entire perimeter of the school property. – Canadian Yankee Jul 10 '19 at 14:00
  • @CanadianYankee can it be "I did ten laps around the school premises." . And "I did 10 laps around the basketball court". I did not run; just walked... So is "laps" used only with "running" or can it be used for "walking and returning to the same point again"? – It's about English Jul 10 '19 at 14:59

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