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gather round or around

Discussion in 'English Only' started by NickJunior, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. NickJunior Senior Member

    Amérique du Nord
    cambodgien
    Hi,

    I want a small group of people to see upclose how I juggle some soft fleece balls. So do I tell them like this:

    1) Gather round me; Or

    2) Gather around me.? Thanks.
     
  2. gwendolyn28 Junior Member

    San Francisco, CA
    USA - English
    Hi, I would say the first, maybe

    Everyone, gather round!
     
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    "Gather 'round" is very idiomatic in AE, perfect for a performer or busker.
     
  4. NickJunior Senior Member

    Amérique du Nord
    cambodgien
    Thank you Gwendolyn and Bibliolept for pointing out the appropriate phrase for me to use. May I also ask why "Gather around" is not a choice? Thanks.
     
  5. gwendolyn28 Junior Member

    San Francisco, CA
    USA - English
    I believe it is grammatically correct, but it's just not what is said. too many syllables for us lazy americans, at least...
     
  6. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    As bibliolept points out, 'round is simply a colloquial shortening of "around." You certainly can say "gather around me," but it's not common speech.
     
  7. Dimcl Senior Member

    British Columbia, Canada
    Canadian English
    I would also use "gather round me". Oddly enough, though, if I didn't use the word "me", I would say "Ladies and gentlemen, please gather around".
     

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