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August 19, 2015

run

 

The most common use for the word "run" is as a verb when describing a person or an animal that moves quickly.

simple past past participle
run
ran
run
  • A dog can run much faster than a human being.
  • Horses run on a racetrack.
  • Children like to run when they play.
  • People run in competitions and for exercise.
  • Runners running in a race line up on a mark and start running when they are told to go. (A person who runs is called "a runner.")
  • Over a thousand people ran in the marathon. ( This sentence is in the past tense. A marathon is a long race of many miles.)
  • Have you ever run in a race? (This question is in the present perfect tense.)

cheetah

A cheetah can run very fast!

The word "run" is also used for things and machines:

  • My car runs on gasoline.
  • Tony owns three cars, but two of them don't run. (They need to be repaired.)
  • Is your refrigerator running? (Is it working?)
  • There's water running from the faucet.
  • Allen's nose is running. He has a runny nose. (This means he's sick and mucus is coming from his nose.)
  • Kim knows how to run a business. (run = operate)
  • Todd ran his company into the ground. (He failed.)

This word can also be used as a noun:

  • Jennifer went for a run.
  • John is going to go for a run around the lake.
  • That family has experienced a run of bad luck. (a run = several experiences)
  • Donna has had a run of good luck lately.
  • The stock market has had a good run lately.
  • This car will give you a good run for the money. (This is an expression. It means that over time, the experience or the thing will be of some value.)

 

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