8 alternatives to “approximately”
If we want to say that a number, quantity, time or price is ‘quite accurate but not exact’, we have several options in English.
The most formal way of expressing ‘not exactly’ is approximately; the most common in spoken English is about.
Here’s a list of eight words and phrases that we can use, with example sentences:
- A coffee costs about $3.
- How much will it cost, more or less?
- He earns somewhere in the region of 30K.
- Inflation is roughly 3%.
- She’s fifty or thereabouts.
- I’ll be there round about three o’clock.
- It’s not far – 20km or so.
- Today’s flight will take approximately two hours.