General Writing and Grammar Help/Which is correct?

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Dear Ted,

Happy New Year!

Now I would like to ask you a question.

Which is correct in the following sentences?

1.He usually gets up at 7:00am.
2.He usually gets up around 7:00am.
3.He usually gets up at around 7:00am.

Best Wishes,

Gordon

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Dear Walden:

Happy New Year!

Now I would like to ask you a question.

Which is correct in the following sentences?

1.He usually gets up at 7:00am.
2.He usually gets up around 7:00am.
3.He usually gets up at around 7:00am.

Walden, #3 should not be used, because there are too many words.  It is an "awkward" sentence.
For example, you have THREE prepositions appearing together -- UP, AT, and AROUND.

Either #1 or #2 is correct, but the usual way of writing the time is this:  7:00 a.m.  The letters "a" and "m" are abbreviations for "ante meridian," which is another way of saying "noon."



Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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