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    "join in" a running race

    join in a running race

    Is the above phrase acceptable?

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    #2

    Re: "join in" a running race

    It could, but what's the context?

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    Re: "join in" a running race

    Sitifan, you're up to 635 posts now. Have you really never noticed that the thing we say most often on this forum is "Please give us the context"? Please post a full sentence containing the phrase and then we can help.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "join in" a running race

    There I saw a lot of animals and they all could talk! I swam with them and joined in their running race.

    In the above passage, what's the difference in meaning between joined in their running race and entered their running race?

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    #5

    Re: "join in" a running race

    Entereded?
    Last edited by Tdol; 22-Oct-2012 at 17:38. Reason: My bad
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    #6

    Re: "join in" a running race

    Entered. I have already corrected the typo.

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    #7

    Re: "join in" a running race

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    There I saw a lot of animals and they all could talk! I swam with them and joined in their running race.

    In the above passage, what's the difference in meaning between joined in their running race and entered their running race?

    They're clearly having some jolly good fun - not racing competitively, so you could say '... joined in their races' or '...ran with them in their races'.

    We say '...entered a race' when competing with others for a prize or trophy. There's no need to say 'running race', as all races are presumed to involve straightforward running unless otherwise specified (for example - egg and spoon race, Formula 1 championship, walking race).

    Rover

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