Advanced English Grammar



Phrasal Verb RUN

Below the phrasal verb run is shown in its many forms. There is an exercise below to help you see how well you understand this particular phrasal verb.

RUN ACROSS = find or meet unexpectedly

I ran across some old photos while I was cleaning my house.

RUN AFTER = chase

Mother was running after her three children all day.

RUN AGAINST = compete in an election

OBAMA ran against McCAIN in the 2008 U.S. elections and won.

RUN ALONG = go away or leave

"Run along and play outside," said mother, as she had housework to do.

RUN AWAY = leave home permanently

The child ran away because her parents beat her.

RUN AWAY FROM = avoid responsibility

The young father ran away from his responsibility and didn't support his family.

RUN DOWN = A. find, discover B. criticise C. hit with a car D. become very tired, loose power

A. Have you run down those names on the voter list?
B. I know a guy who runs everyone down.
C. My cat was run down yesterday.
D. My wife was really run down after the holidays.

RUN FOR = campaign for government office

I was thinking about running for mayor.

RUN IN = arrested, questioned by police

My neighbor was run in for shoplifting last week.

RUN INTO = meet unexpectedly

I ran into my English teacher at the movies last night. She's so nice!

RUN OFF = A. make leave B. reproduce C. leave quickly D. waste water

A. The new government is trying to run the drug traffickers off.
B. Would you mind running off 10 copies of this document for me?
C. Why did you run off after the party?
D. You shouldn't swim where the sewage runs off into the ocean.

RUN OUT OF = not have any more

When mother ran out of milk, she would send me to the store.

RUN OUT ON = leave stranded

She ran out on him leaving him to pay the rent and all the bills.

RUN OVER = practice,

Let's run through our lines for the school play.

RUN THROUGH = rehearse, review

He ran over his notes before the big meeting.

RUN UP = A. increase, spend B. (against) encounter unexpected problems

A. He ran up a huge phone bill when he went to the army.
B. He ran up against some unexpected problems in his business.

RUN TO = go to sme for help

He ran to his uncle for financial help during the crisis.

RUN WITH = keep company, hang out with

He runs with a rough crowd, no wonder he ended up in jail.

Phrasal Verb RUN exercise



1. I was thinking of running ____ mayor of my home town.
2. If you ____ my old record albums in the attack, please let me know.
3. John wanted to run _____ the play one last time before the big performance.
4. Jill was run ____ for questioning by the police but no charges were filed .
5. They ran ____ chicken at the restaurant so I ordered fish. .
6. When I was a child I hated to be told to "run ___ and play."
7. "Guess who I ran ____ the other day?" "You're mother-in-law."
8. We ran ___ a 150 dollar tab at the bar last night.
9. You can't run home ___ your mother every time something doesn't go your way.
10. "Must you always run everyone ____ ?" "You're no better, yourself, you know."
11. Can you run ____ 50 copies of these for me please?
12. She ran ____ him in the restaurant leaving him to pay the bill.



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