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    What is the difference between the nouns "run" and "journey"?

    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press Here they say that a run is a journey, but it can't be exactly the same, right? There must be at least a small difference... (Because I saw the two nouns in a completion test and one was supposed to put each into a different sentence. They couldn't be substituted with each other.

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    In the example given in this online dictionary it is the exact same thing.
    Can you give us that sentence you were given in that test?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    In the example given in this online dictionary it is the exact same thing.
    Can you give us that sentence you were given in that test?

    There were 12 sentences and 12 words (all of them connected with travelling - e.g. flight, trip, excursion, outing, cruise etc.), actually...


    The two sentences:

    Do you want to come for a ____ in my new car on Sunday? (correct: run)
    How long does the train ____ from London to Edinburgh take? (journey)

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    I am just not getting these tests you take, Lenka! :)

    "Outing" would work perfectly well in the sentence about the Sunday drive--as would "drive," come to think of it, if that was one of your choices.

    "Journey" is fine in the second, but "trip" sounds just as good, to my NAE ears anyway.

    To answer your question, though: a "run" isn't as lengthy as a journey. You "take a run" up to the grocery store to grab some milk, or "go for a run" with the dog. It's a brief, easy, often pleasant trip---hence the outing, or run, in the new car.

    "Journey" is usually a long trip. Pop psych books nowadays speak of our "personal journey" through life itself. The word has a lot more baggage, if you will :), than a run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    I am just not getting these tests you take, Lenka! :)

    "Outing" would work perfectly well in the sentence about the Sunday drive--as would "drive," come to think of it, if that was one of your choices.

    "Journey" is fine in the second, but "trip" sounds just as good, to my NAE ears anyway.

    To answer your question, though: a "run" isn't as lengthy as a journey. You "take a run" up to the grocery store to grab some milk, or "go for a run" with the dog. It's a brief, easy, often pleasant trip---hence the outing, or run, in the new car.

    "Journey" is usually a long trip. Pop psych books nowadays speak of our "personal journey" through life itself. The word has a lot more baggage, if you will :), than a run.

    HTH
    Thank you very much!

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    Also, with 'run' a vehicle of some kind is often involved. The regular car journey to school, in which parents convey their offspring, is called 'the school run'. But my old deputy headmaster used to tell us about his five mile walk (or journey) to school - and that wasn't a 'run'.

    But it's all a matter of collocation. Among Cambridge students there was a drinking challenge called 'the King Street Run' - and that didn't involve vehicles.

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    Bob, are we to take it that the "King Street Run" was part of your personal journey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Bob, are we to take it that the "King Street Run" was part of your personal journey?
    Me? Strictly tea-total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Me? Strictly tea-total.

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    What does it mean? (I don't understand it. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Me? Strictly tea-total.

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    I will add to this, since you are off-ing:
    Buahhahahahhahahah!!! I don't buy it!
    Last edited by Jason72; 17-Jun-2007 at 21:27. Reason: Hence... OMG!!!

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