Is 'in around' incorrect?

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Is 'in around' incorrect?

Unread post by calla » Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:50 am

Hello, I'm new here. I was hoping someone could tell me if

It was built in around 1872.
is incorrect?

I have someone here who insists that only

It was built around 1872.
is correct.
I was sure that the first version was ok too. Is it really wrong? If so, why?

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Unread post by ziadmasry » Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:00 am

in around + year is wrong
better to say around + year

or in + year directly


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Unread post by eric_p_m » Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:50 am

Dear Calla,

I support and will reinforce what Ziadmasry stated.

The prepositions "in" and "around" shouldn't be used together since they would contradict each other: "in" relays a certain fact while "around" is an educated guess at best.

For composition purposes, you should never encounter this error since the writer should proofread his or her work. However, you might find a phrasal verb attached to "around". Take a look at the following URL for an example: ... tem=355208

Otherwise, I could only guess that this could be an oversight while speaking with the speaker changing his or her train of thought mid-sentence without including the normal filler, usually found when a native speaker pauses long enough to contemplate what to say next.


Eric Paul Monroe

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