Around y about a menudo son intercambiables cuando se usan con otras palabras para formar phrasal verbs con Around/about. Around también se puede reemplazar con round. Cuando los phrasal verbs se usan con around y about, a menudo expresan la idea de actuar de manera relajada, sin concentrarse o sin un propósito particular. En esta lección, aprenderemos algunos de los phrasal verbs con around/about más utilizados.
Listado de Phrasal Verbs con Around/about
|Phrasal verbs con Around/about||Significado||Ejemplos|
|wait about/around||permanecer en un lugar sin hacer nada mientras esperas que algo suceda||Let’s go home. We’ve been waiting around here for an hour. He’s not coming.|
|laze about/around||holgazanear||I love the holidays. It’s lovely to be able to laze about/around all day doing nothing.|
|sit about/around||estar cruzado de brazos||You can’t sit about/around all day doing nothing. Go and do your homework.|
|hang about/around||rondar||When I was a teenager, I loved just hanging about/around with my friends and talking.|
|mess about/around||jugar||Jack was messing about/around with an old clock and some pieces feel out.|
|mess about/around||comportarse estúpidamente, perdiendo el tiempo hacienda cosas sin importancia||Stop messing about/around and get down to work.|
|mess sb about/around||tratar a alguien mal
|Dave messed Jenny about/around. He never really loved her.|
|mess sb about/around||perder el tiempo cambiando de opinión o no hacer lo que prometiste||I’m tired of you messing me about/around. I’m taking my business to another company.|
|lie about/around||pasar tiempo acostado haciendo muy poco||We were so tired that we spent all day on Saturday just lying about/around watching series.|
|mill about/around||caminar alrededor de un área o espacio en particular mientras esperas algo||I like sitting in a café watching everyone milling about/around.|
|stand about/around||pasar tiempo parado en un lugar mientras esperas a alguien o haciendo muy poco||We’ve been standing about/around her for 20 minutes – the concert’s going to start. Let’s go in.|
|stick around||quedarse en algún lugar por un período de tiempo||I’m really busy now. Can you stick around for 20 minutes and we can talk later?|
|take sb around/round||visitar un lugar con alguien que le muestre las partes más interesantes o importantes||We took the Chinese delegation around the factory and showed them our production process.|
|show around/round||ir con alguien a un lugar que no haya visitado antes y mostrarle las partes interesantes||The next time you’re in Dublin, let me know and I’ll show you around.|
|faff around||retrasar el propósito de hacer algo||Stop faffing around and get on with your work.|
|fiddle around||pasar tiempo en una actividad que no tiene un propósito real||I’ve been fiddling around with the presentation for an hour but I don’t think it looks any better.|
|boss around||decirle a alguien qué hacer; dar órdenes||She loves bossing people around but she’s a really nice person.|
|turn around||mover hacia la dirección opuesta||I heard something behind me but when I turned around, there was no one there.|
|ask around||preguntar por ahí||We asked around but nobody had ever heard of this restaurant.|
|shop around||ir a diferentes o muchas tiendas para encontrar el mejor precio o el mejor producto||These jeans are a bit expensive. I think I’ll shop around for something cheaper.|
|snoop around||husmear||Have you been snooping around my mobile phone? You know that’s very rude.|
|sleep around||acostarse con otros||After a year, he started sleeping around. When she found out, she threw him out.|
|call around||llamar a muchos lugares / personas diferentes||We thought the price was too high, so we called around to other suppliers and we found a good on in Berlin.|
|get around||poder moverse||After her hip operation, she found it more difficult to get around.|
Busca el correspondiente phrasal verb con Around/about como e indica en las frases subrayadas en la oración.
- Lisa likes to end the day lying on the sofa doing very little under the moonlight. (lying about)
- The workers look impatient as they spend time standing outside the conference room waiting for the negotiation of their leaders and the company owners to end. (standing about)
- After a hard day’s work, I like to relax and enjoy myself by doing very little at home. (laze about)
- Why do like to treat your classmates badly? They are very friendly to you. (mess around)
- If you have time, you can drop by my office and we can go somewhere for a drink and a chat. (hang around)
- Why don’t you stay at home for at least a day or two, so we can have more time together? (stick around)
- When you visit my country, I will be your tour guide. I’ll go with you to places you haven’t seen before and some interesting parts of our country. (show around)
- Don’t hesitate to ask many people about the best things you can do here in the new city. (ask around)
- You’re married now. You can’t go on having many causal sexual partners. (sleeping around)
- You should call different restaurants to see if you can book a table. (call around)
Elige el phrasal verb con Around/about correcto para completar las oraciones.
Don’t delay the submission of your reports. I hate employees who always ______. (faff around)
a. faff around b. mess around
I feel like a spy these days. I ______ my husband’s activities and whereabouts every now and then. (snoop around)
a.mess around b. snoop around
It’s a huge city but I’m learning how to _____ and find interesting places. (get around)
a.get around b. call around
I like to ___________ different malls and shops before deciding which product I should buy. I just love shopping. (shop around)
a.shop around b. go around
Don’t _______ me _______ . I hate being told what to do many times. Once is enough for me. (boss around)
a.boss around b. mess around
Can you please _______? I can’t see your facial expressions clearly. (turn around)
a.turn around b. boss around
Don’t _______ with the camera. It’s very expensive and you might break it. (fiddle around)
a.fiddle around b. mess around
I will be in your area next week. Would be kind enough to _______ me _______ the city? You know all the best places. (take around)
a.take around b. fiddle around
Time passes by so slow when you are just ____________ , watching the clock for the day to end. (waiting about)
a.wait about b. laze about
I deserve to _______ once in a while. I’ve been working hard all days of the week I deserve a break. (laze about)
a.laze about b. wait about
EJERCICIO DE COMUNICACIÓN. Debate sobre las siguientes preguntas.
- What is your dream vacation? Would you like to laze about during the day?
- Do you like to be bossed around? Why or why not?
- What should we do with workers who always faff around?
- Has anyone ever messed you about? What happened?
- At what age do people in your country retire? What is the first thing that they do after retirement?