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Common Mistakes and Confusing Words in English

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around vs round

A lot of sites say that around and round are the same, but there can be a difference, especially in BrE.

If someone says "They were running around", it implies the movement is erratic.

For example: Children tend to run around at school.

In BrE when we use "round" we imply a more definite purpose and a more circular movement.

For example: The athlete ran round the track.