English Phrasal Verbs

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Let's continue looking at the verb 'to run' combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions:

'to run into' someone means to meet them unexpectedly.

  • I ran into Jane in reception. I hadn't seen her for ages.
  • Sara ran into her ex-boyfriend in the supermarket. She said it was very embarrassing.

'to run on' diesel or electricity means to use them for power in order to function.

  • The motor runs on electricity so it's very quiet.
  • We have a generator that runs on diesel which we use during power cuts.

'to run out of' something means to have no more left.

  • I can't make a cake, we've run out of eggs.
  • When I was a student and my money ran out, I lived on pasta.

'to run out' means to pass the time limit or expire.

  • I need to get a new passport. It runs out next month.
  • I hope they will give me a new contract when my present one runs out at the end of he month.

'to run over' means to hit with a vehicle.

  • He's in hospital. He was run over by a car last night.
  • You need to know where everything is in case I'm run over by a bus!

'to run through' means to repeat or rehearse something to practice or check

  • We quickly ran through the program to check that everything was OK.
  • Can we run through it again just to be sure we haven't forgotten anything.

'to run to' means to go to someone for help.

  • She always runs to me when she needs some help.
  • I'm too old to go running to my parents every time I need some money.

'to run up' debts or bills means to owe money.

  • He very quickly ran up an enormous debt on his credit card.
  • We ran up a big bill in the hotel drinking in the bar.

'to run up against' problems means to meet difficulties unexpectedly.

  • We had no idea about the difficulties we would run up against.
  • We ran up against a few problems at the beginning but now it's fine.


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