Crowds of tourists around Krakow main square
Tourists around Krakow main square

Difference between Around and Surround

The English language words Around and Surround are similar, but not the same. I explain the difference here, using British English examples. 

Surround means an uninterrupted circle of something around something else.
"The forest surrounds the hotel."
If the centre is a person, this could feel dangerous or intimidating:
"The angry crowd surrounded the policeman."
The person surrounded is the centre of attention:
"The crowd surrounded the man performing his magic trick."

Around means nearby or close to something.
"There are lots of restaurants around my hotel."
"There were tons of tourists around the park."
"I love being around artists."
There is also a common phrase "See you around" which means goodbye, the same as "See you later".

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