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    Default Does 'run' mean ' escape?

    They ....the lion for 3 days and finally they caught it .
    a- ate
    b- ran
    c-hunted
    d-fished

    I may choose 'ran'.
    what about you
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    Default Re: Does 'run' mean ' escape?

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    They ....the lion for 3 days and finally they caught it .
    a- ate
    b- ran
    c-hunted
    d-fished

    I may choose 'ran'.
    what about you
    Thanks in advance
    The fact that after 3 days they "finally caught it" shows that they were hunting it therefore c is correct. You could say that they were "running after" it (though this doesn't have quite the same connotation) but "run/ran" on its own doesn't work (you can't say "They ran the lion").

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    Default Re: Does 'run' mean ' escape?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The fact that after 3 days they "finally caught it" shows that they were hunting it therefore c is correct. You could say that they were "running after" it (though this doesn't have quite the same connotation) but "run/ran" on its own doesn't work (you can't say "They ran the lion").
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    They hunted the lion for 3 days...

    It doesn't give me a good sense.It is better to be' They were hunting or have been hunting.Do you agree with me?

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    Default Re: Does 'run' mean ' escape?

    No, I don't.
    It's a completed action in the past.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Does 'run' mean ' escape?

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
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    They hunted the lion for 3 days...

    It doesn't give me a good sense.It is better to be' They were hunting or have been hunting.Do you agree with me?
    No. If the whole story took place in the past and has now finished, then there is no reason why you shouldn't say "They hunted the lion for 3 days...."

    If you say "They have been hunting the lion for 3 days" that means that, so far, it has been 3 days and they are still hunting it. In your example, that can't be true because you said that they finally caught it.

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    Thank you all .It is clear now. I hope I can help you one day with Arabic.

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    Shukran. You are very kind.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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