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Could you tell me if there is any difference between next time and next time around? For example:

If you pay for the dinner this time, next time/next time around it's on me.

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    No difference. The "around" is redundant. Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 16:13
  • I might use 'around' when it is a sequence of events, for example attending a course or school, or a case of history repeating itself. Not for dinner though. Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 17:11
  • "around" sounds more casual, informal
    – gotube
    Commented Oct 23, 2021 at 3:10

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Essentially no difference. I would say "around" is a colloquial way to add a bit of emphasis that something is repeating (or expected to repeat).

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