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run / ran / run / running

The verb “run” expresses fast movement. It can also be used for machines that are working and people who are trying to win an elected position. 


  • Children run when they play. 
  • Athletes run when they compete in sports. 
  • A politician runs for office. 
  • A car runs on gasoline or electricity. 
  • A phone runs on batteries. 
  • A person’s nose runs when it’s very cold outside. (In this instance, mucus flows from the nose. You have a runny nose.) 
  •  A suspect in a crime may run from the police in order not to go to jail. 
  • You can run into people you know when you go grocery shopping. (run into = have a chance encounter) 
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  • They’re running. 
  • They run very fast. 
  • They have run against each other in competition many times. 
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  • Water is running from the faucet. 
  • Water runs from the faucet when you turn the handle. 
  •  Is the water running? 

The word “run” is used in many different phrasal verbs: run into, run on, run at, run with, run by, etc.  This video shows how you can use “run into.” 

When you run out of something, you no longer have the stuff that you were using. You used all of it, so you ran out of it. 

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