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    #1

    to knock down - to run over - to hit

    - An elderly man was knocked down by a drunken driver.
    - An elderly man was run over by a drunken driver.
    - An elderly man was hit by a drunken driver.

    - She hit the kid because she was distracted.
    - She ran over the kid because she was distracted.
    - She knocked down a kid because she was distracted.

    Are they all possible? Do they mean the same thing? Can I use them in the same context?

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    Re: to knock down - to run over - to hit

    - An elderly man was knocked down by a drunken driver.
    - An elderly man was run over by a drunken driver.
    - An elderly man was hit by a drunken driver.
    1 and 3 mean the same. 2 means that the vehicle's wheels passed over part of the man's body.

    - She hit the kid because she was distracted.
    - She ran over the kid because she was distracted.
    - She knocked down a kid because she was distracted.
    It's not crystal clear whether she was driving at the time.

    If she was then my previous remark applies.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: to knock down - to run over - to hit

    NOT A TEACHER


    Teacher Rover has given us an excellent answer.

    Just a gentle reminder that if you are writing for Americans, you may wish to

    say "drunk driver." (Also, here in the States the crime is called "drunk driving."

    I always chuckle when I read British online newspapers that refer to "drink driving.")

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