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    do cars run, go, or move

    He opened the car door while the car was still running and jumped out.

    He opened the car door while the car was still going and jumped out.

    He opened the car door while the car was still moving and jumped out.

    Edit: I just learned about Ngram a few moments ago. Apparently, all have been used. But, anyone who has an opinion on which word is more contextually appropriate can still reply.
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    #2

    Re: do cars run, go, or move

    I'd say 'He opened the car door while it was still moving and jumped out'.

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    Re: do cars run, go, or move

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I'd say 'He opened the car door while it was still moving and jumped out'.
    I was going for it, but thought somebody might point out that there was no reference to the car in the sentence making it refer to the car door, so I didn't.
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    Re: do cars run, go, or move

    A car (specifically its engine) may be running but not moving. If the car is running, it's perfectly safe to open the door and get out.

    There's a dumb joke about calling someone up, asking them if their refrigerator is running, and then telling them to run and catch it.

    A person who knows nothing about cars might say to their mechanic, "My car won't go," in which case he would need to ask, "Do you mean it won't move or do you mean the engine won't run?"

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    Re: do cars run, go, or move

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post

    There's a dumb joke about calling someone up, asking them if their refrigerator is running, and then telling them to run and catch it.

    A person who knows nothing about cars might say to their mechanic, "My car won't go," in which case he would need to ask, "Do you mean it won't move or do you mean the engine won't run?"
    If the engine does run, wouldn't I have to run and catch it? Let's just make it start.
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    Re: do cars run, go, or move

    If the engine does run, wouldn't I have to run and catch it? Let's just make it start.

    Assuming you're not merely being facetious, no. The engine could be running with the transmission in neutral. Parts inside the engine are moving, but the engine does not move until the whole car moves.

    Also, a problem with a car engine may be that it will start, but not run. There are specific systems that help start a car engine (for example by providing extra fuel), and there are other systems that are supposed to keep it running economically and cleanly.

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    Re: do cars run, go, or move

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post

    Assuming you're not merely being facetious, no.
    I was just trying to be funny. I'd like to know if it wasn't. As much as I've learned the language, I'm still envious of people who can banter all day long.
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    Re: do cars run, go, or move

    I thought so, but on a site like this, one shouldn't assume such a good understanding of English as to be making (or continuing, as you did) a joke.

    It's also possible that another member, less advanced than you, might have been confused, so I wanted to clarify further.

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    Re: do cars run, go, or move

    A car can be running without moving. It just means that the engine is running - that is, working.

    So jumping from a running car isn't a very impressive feat.

    I would use "moving."
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    Re: do cars run, go, or move

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I'd say 'He opened the car door while it was still moving and jumped out'.
    Although the car is presumably moving whenever its door is moving, it would be better to express the thought as "He opened the door while the car​ was still moving and jumped out."
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