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The difference between round and around...

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Sorry, excuse me or pardon me.

In actual use there is a great deal of overlap and all of these expressions can be heard at some time.

Use “sorry” when you regret doing something, and would try not to do it again.

I’m sorry. I think I spilt your drink.

You use “excuse me” in advance of doing something that might disturb someone.

Excuse me. Could I borrow your pen?

Pardon me is used to apologise for minor acts of rudeness, or to ask for repetition of something.

{burp} Oh, pardon me!
Pardon me, I didn’t hear you clearly.

Applying those rules, you should use “Excuse me. Does this train go to the city?” As you are using it in advance of asking a question that might disturb the person.

Write a sentence using sorry, excuse me, or pardon me.

Around or round?

Chairs around a round table.

Around is usually an adverb meaning in a circle. Round is usually a noun meaning a circular object. We use around and round when we refer to movements in circles or from one place to another. Around and round can both be used. Around is more common in American English. Round is a little more common in spoken English: The office chairs are placed around a round table. The earth goes round the sun. (movement in circles).

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English Test.

Choose the word or phrase (A, B, C, or D) that best completes the sentence.

1. George … because he’s late for his class.
A is running
B runs
C run
D are running

2. They … in the factory at the moment.
A work
B works
C are working
D is working

3. My friend … listening to pop music, but she doesn’t like classical music.
A is liking
B likes
C like
D are liking

4. My father … why I like watching TV so much.
A isn’t understanding
B not understands
C doesn’t understanding
D doesn’t understand

5. John … to train as a professional web designer.
A is wanting
B want
C are wanting
D wants

Post your work as a comment.

Last updated May 2, 2021