While she was jogging, she saw more people than usual standing around the park.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by aleaf, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. aleaf Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    While she was jogging, she saw more people than usual standing around the park.

    I made it up. Do you see the idiom "stand around" in it, meaning just standing or staying in a place doing little or nothing?
     
  2. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima (English Only)

    Singapore
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Yes, aleaf, that's how I understand it.
     
  3. BLUEGLAZE

    BLUEGLAZE Senior Member

    English - USA
    Your sentence is good. The meaning of 'stand around' is clear and properly used.
     
  4. RM1(SS)

    RM1(SS) Senior Member

    Connecticut
    English - US (Midwest)
    No. If the people are standing around the park, they are standing more or less in a ring surrounding the park, outside its border: [standing] [around the park]. You want standing around in the park: [standing around] [in the park].
     
  5. aleaf Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    Thank you very much, natkretep, BLUEGLAZE, and RM!
     

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