around
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around(
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in all directions)
a. alrededor
He was looking around but couldn't spot us.Miraba a su alrededor, pero no nos localizó.
2. (in the vicinity)
a. por aquí
I know he's around somewhere.Sé que anda por aquí en algún lugar.
3. (in existence)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Email was not around back then; you would fax things instead.El correo electrónico no existía en ese entonces; las cosas se mandaban por fax.
There aren't many of us around.No somos muchos.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
4. (in all parts of)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The lion was pacing around his enclosure.El león caminaba en círculos por su recinto.
They showed us around their new house.Nos mostraron su nueva casa.
5. (encircling)
a. alrededor de
We gathered around the fire to tell ghost stories.Nos sentamos alrededor de la fogata para contar cuentos de fantasmas.
b. en torno a
The fans crowded around the actor to ask for his autograph.Los fans se apiñaron en torno al actor para pedirle su autógrafo.
6. (approximately)
a. aproximadamente
A flight to London typically costs around a thousand dollars.Un vuelo a Londres normalmente cuesta aproximadamente mil dólares.
b. alrededor de
Why don't you come here around five o'clock?¿Por qué no vienes para acá alrededor de las cinco?
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around
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (indicating position)
a. alrededor de
around the tableen torno a la mesa
there were hills all around the townla ciudad estaba rodeada de colinas
around herepor aquí (cerca)
2. (indicating motion)
a.
to look around the roommirar por toda la habitación
to travel around the worldviajar por todo el mundo
to walk around the town/the streetscaminar por la ciudad/las calles
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (surrounding)
a. alrededor
a garden with a fence aroundun jardín rodeado por una valla
there were open fields all aroundestábamos rodeados de campo por todas partes
for miles arounden millas a la redonda
4. (in different directions)
a.
to walk aroundpasear (por ahí)
there were books lying all aroundhabía libros por todas partes
5. (in the general area)
a.
is Jack around?¿está Jack por ahí?
there was nobody aroundno había nadie
there's never a policeman around when you need onenunca hay un policía a mano cuando lo necesitas
6. (approximately)
a.
around thirtyunos treinta
around ten yearsunos diez años
at around one o'clockalrededor de la una
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around [əˈraʊnd]
When around is an element in a phrasal verb, eg look around, move around, potter around, look up the verb.
adverb
alrededor; en los alrededores
is he around? ¿está por aquí?; there's a lot of flu around hay mucha gripe por ahí
all around por todos lados
she's been around (travelled) ha viajado mucho; ha visto mucho mundo; (experienced) se las sabe todas
around here por aquí
is there a chemist's around here? ¿hay alguna farmacia por aquí?
we're looking around for a house estamos buscando casa
for miles around en muchas millas a la redonda
he must be somewhere around debe de estar por aquí
preposition
1 alrededor de
she wore a scarf around her neck llevaba una bufanda alrededor del cuello; she ignored the people around her ignoró a la gente que estaba a su alrededor
it's just around the corner
to wander around the town pasearse por la ciudad
there were books all around the house había libros en todas partes de la casa or por toda la casa
to go around the world dar la vuelta al mundo
2 (approximately) aproximadamente; alrededor de
it costs around £100 cuesta alrededor de or aproximadamente 100 libras; around 50 50 más o menos; he must be around 50 debe de tener unos 50 años; around 1950 alrededor de 1950; hacia 1950; around two o'clock a eso de las dos
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