It fits the definition exactly.
Student or Learner
I have a question about the verb "run". According to definition 11a of this dictionary, "run" means "to go or extend in a particular direction" when used to describe roadways/pathways. But then there is this:
, which does not fit the dictionary definition of "going or extending in a particular direction". Could the example sentence be poor writing?In Boston, a simple red brick path runs for 2.5 miles through the heart of the city, connecting 16 of its Revolutionary sites, ending at Bunker Hill.
But the definition only deals with the direction of the path, not the distance of the path.
So, I could write "the path runs for three miles", even though that dictionary definition only allows sentences along the lines of "the path runs through the forest"?
Definition#1 in the same dictionary mentions no distance either, but it should be correct to say 'I ran for miles'.
Not a teacher.
Of course you can write "The path runs for three miles". The dictionary is not attempting to define "runs through" or "runs for". You're meant to be able to work that out.
11 always followed by an adverb or preposition [no object]
a : to go or extend in a particular direction
Is "path" followed by a preposition in "The path runs for three miles"? (Yes)
Is there an object? (No)
Does the path go or extend in a particular direction? (Yes)
What, then, rules out "The path runs for three miles"?
You are meant to plug in your word - "The path goes or extends in a particular direction for three miles" and, at least as far as the dictionary can help, accept that as a good sentence.
Could it be that this:
1. The path runs for three miles.
by itself is rare because it is usually written instead as:
, but sentence 1 more common if it is followed by an adverbial or prepositional phrase denoting the direction of road/path, like:2. The path is three miles long.
?3. The path runs for three miles along the coastline.
4. The path runs for three miles through the town.
I agree with you, but I am not a teacher.