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What does around mean here? #1 (permalink) Sun May 23, 2010 20:51 pm   What does around mean here?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #134 "Vocabulary Practice: Sharks (1)", question 8

Other fish can float but sharks cannot so they are constantly ......... around.

(a) floating
(b) skiing
(c) swimming
(d) biking

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #134 "Vocabulary Practice: Sharks (1)", answer 8

Other fish can float but sharks cannot so they are constantly swimming around.

Correct answer: (c) swimming
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What does around mean here? #2 (permalink) Sun May 23, 2010 23:02 pm   What does around mean here?
 

They are swimming about the place, constantly moving.
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What does around mean here? #3 (permalink) Sat Jan 22, 2011 17:06 pm   What does around mean here?
 

Dear Sir/Madam,

Kindly let me know the exact meaning of the question.i got the below mentioned meaning for the word "Float".
What Does Float Mean?
1. The total number of shares publicly owned and available for trading. The float is calculated by subtracting restricted shares from outstanding shares.

But my question is Does it mean sink or fall ?
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What does around mean here? #4 (permalink) Sat Jan 22, 2011 17:13 pm   What does around mean here?
 

Hi Gundula,

Welcome to the forums.

The word 'float' has more than one meaning and unfortunately you seem to have chosen the wrong definition for your question.
When talking about floating shares for trading, in business or economics, the word has nothing to do with the scientific action of sinking or falling.

Try these non-business definitions of the word 'float' instead:

to move slowly on water or in the air
to stay on or near the surface of a liquid and not sink
to make something move on or near the surface of a liquid

As you can see from those definitions, floating is not sinking or falling, but staying up.

You will find more details here:
http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/dictionary/float
(and if you scroll further down on that page you will also find a simpler explanation of 'float' as used in business/economics)
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