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    Please,
    On this sentence:
    We scrapped the project because funds were "running out".
    What's the meaning of "running out" ?
    and
    "TO RUN OUT" and "TO RUN OUT OF" are synonimous?

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    Re: Question

    The funds were getting depleted, getting low.

    Example: I am running out of sugar and will have to buy more Saturday.

    However, it does not mean that the funds are completely gone just getting to a point where a decision had to be made about the future.

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    Re: Question

    "Running out" means that something is diminishing, and "run out" means that it has gone completely. "Run out of" is a phrasel verb, and has nothing to do with the verb "to run."

    So for example:
    "I've run out of money."
    "The shop has run out of apples"
    "The car's about to run out of fuel."
    "She ran out of ideas a long time ago."

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