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Helenej
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 1:28:07 PM

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If the owner of a house has seen a ghost "walking around the house", does it mean that the ghost was walking:

1. here and there inside the house
2. outside the house in circles
Romany
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 1:41:58 PM
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He means that the ghost is inside the house.

If it were outside he would say "walking around the garden". If there were no garden he'd say "Walking round the boundary" or "Walking round the perimeter."

But to 'walk around" does not mean in circles. It means to wander about, with no fixed route or destination. e.g.

"I spent the whole day walking around the town looking for a new dress." doesn't mean one circled around outside the town, but that one went all over the town looking for a suitable dress.
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Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 1:42:16 PM

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1 The children were running around/round the table. (circular movement)
2 The children were running about the park. (movement at random.)

The two expressions are often used in this way, but not everybody uses the two in this way.

I think that "about the park" is a shortened expression, and that it was "about in the park".
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Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 1:42:32 PM

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Good question Applause





I thought that ghosts were floating or gliding rather than walking, but who knows Whistle


Edit: So what would he have to say to mean the other option then ? Dancing
Helenej
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 1:59:54 PM

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Romany wrote:
To 'walk around" does not mean in circles.


And if I want to say that the ghost was walking outside the house in circles? Is it "round the house"?
Romany
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:23:11 PM
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Then it "circles the house."
Helenej
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:26:17 PM

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Romany wrote:
Then it "circles the house."

What does "walk round the house" mean then, Romany?
Romany
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:48:36 PM
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Normally it just means to wander around.

Contextually, however, if it has been previously established that the entity doesn't come inside, but stays in the garden, it could mean it circles the house.
Helenej
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:51:30 PM

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Thank you very much, Romany and rogermue.
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Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 3:39:18 PM

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The use of "around" means inside the house but not in a specific place.
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Posted: Friday, May 8, 2015 3:37:41 AM

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Romany wrote:
Normally it just means to wander around.
Contextually, however, if it has been previously established that the entity doesn't come inside, but stays in the garden, it could mean it circles the house.

Also, it would sometimes be said "The ghost walked (a)round and (a)round the house." - circling the house outside. But Romany's right, though. It's mostly context which will tell you - the writer would normally show, somehow, which he meant by "round the house".
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Posted: Friday, May 8, 2015 9:43:08 AM

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Thank you, John Murray and Drago.
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