I came across this phrase when reading Harry Potter:
"Mrs. Weasley dashed about in a bad mood looking for spare socks and quills."
Can I just omit "about" and use only "dash" instead? What is the purpose of including it?
Thank you very much for your help.
Oct 10, 2017 10:05 AM
Answers · 2
If you dash somewhere (omitting "about") it implies that you went to a completely new location quickly.
In this case the "about" means that she was moving quickly within a small area, such as her house, but did not go to a new location.