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    run across & run into

    Both of them have the same meaning "to meet accidentally " How can I distinguish them ? Please help me .

    I have an example from a multiple choice exercise

    This morning I run .......Tom ,an old friend on my way to school .
    A. into B. across

    I do not know which to choose because I cannot distinguish them

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    Re: run across & run into

    This morning I ran into Tom ,an old friend on my way to school . (means that you met unexpectedly)

    I ran across the information while looking for a recipe. (means to find something, discovered)

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    Re: run across & run into

    Quote Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
    Both of them have the same meaning "to meet accidentally " How can I distinguish them ? Please help me .

    I have an example from a multiple choice exercise

    This morning I run .......Tom ,an old friend on my way to school .
    A. into B. across

    I do not know which to choose because I cannot distinguish them
    susiedqq's disticntion is perfect but let me expand a little bit on them.

    run into sth=to reach a particular cost or amount, as a total:
    The repairs will probably run into thousands of pounds.
    run into sth
    If you run into problems, you begin to experience them:
    We ran into bad weather/debt/trouble.


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    Re: run across & run into

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    This morning I ran into Tom ,an old friend on my way to school . (means that you met unexpectedly)

    I ran across the information while looking for a recipe. (means to find something, discovered)
    This is what I found in Collin Cobuild V3 :
    If you run across someone or something, you meet them or find them unexpectedly.
    We ran across some old friends in the village.
    =come across

    Why so ?

    This makes me puzzled when using run into /across to indicate that I meet someone by chance .


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    Re: run across & run into

    Both do mean that you mean them, usually by chance

    Guess what! I ran across Josie walking down the High Street with a new boyfriend.
    When I was at the meeting last week I ran into Don. I hadn't seen him for ages.


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    Re: run across & run into

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Both do mean that you mean them, usually by chance
    so,how can I choose the right answer for the multi choice exercise above ?

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    Re: run across & run into

    Quote Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
    so,how can I choose the right answer for the multi choice exercise above ?
    Did you see such a test when you were given:
    a. run across b. run into. c...... d..........
    and only one answer was correct?


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    Re: run across & run into

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Did you see such a test when you were given:
    a. run across b. run into. c...... d..........
    and only one answer was correct?
    yes ,and other two options are :
    c.Against
    d. to

    I think c & d are not correct ,so I only mentioned a & b.

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    Re: run across & run into

    Quote Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
    yes ,and other two options are :
    c.Against
    d. to

    I think c & d are not correct ,so I only mentioned a & b.
    What is the example sentence? Can you provide it, please?


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    Re: run across & run into

    Quote Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
    so,how can I choose the right answer for the multi choice exercise above ?

    This morning I run .......Tom, an old friend, on my way to school .
    A. into B. across

    It should be "I ran into" or "I ran across".

    Either will work. I would suggest that "into" is what is being asked for.

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