Which is more common to express the notion of "everywhere": 四處 or 周圍?

Example: The house will have your books everywhere.

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    – user6065
    Jul 1 '17 at 10:55

四處 is better than 周圍 in this case. However, I think you can consider 到處.

The house will have your books everywhere.

From Google Translate:

everywhere 副詞
everywhere, throughout, in all places
everywhere, anywhere

all over, everywhere
anywhere, everywhere

abroad, diffusely, everywhere, large, at large, proverbially

  • My friend also said 到處 is more common. Thanks!
    – Crashalot
    Sep 16 '17 at 21:17
  • Are there cases where 周圍 is better than 四處?
    – Crashalot
    Sep 16 '17 at 21:18
  • 周圍 means surrounding; ( around and nearby ). 四處 means everywhere. I think they are different. Some examples for 周圍: 大樓周圍有不少警察。 學校周圍要保持安靜。 We cannot use 四處 in these cases, but 四周 is ok.
    – young99
    Sep 20 '17 at 9:00

The '四' in '四處' is a 虛數 (symbolic number) that represents 'All'

'四處' literally means 'all places/ every places' which means the same as 'everywhere' It can also describe 'all over the place'

'周圍' means 'around' , typically refer to the area around an object

For example: '周圍都是樹' (tree are all around) the object is omitted here

'四周圍' means 'all around'

Consider the following:

  • '房子裡四處都有你的書'(there are books everywhere in your house)

  • '房子裡四周圍都有你的書'(there are books all around in your house)

  • '房子四周圍都有樹 (there are trees all around the house)

Which is more common to express the notion of "everywhere"

The answer is 四處

young99 wrote: I think you can consider 到處

'到處' literally means 'Everywhere (you go)'

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