circle / encircle the correct answer


Senior Member
When talking about children's textbooks, they are sometimes asked to circle the correct answer. Do you also use the verb encircle here?

Circle the correct answer.
Encircle the correct answer.
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    US English
    In this use the verb circle means "draw a circle around, with your pen or pencil".

    The verb "encircle" ("surround") does not have that meaning. It would require a subject: something "encircles" something.