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    Smile run into/across

    Please, dear teachers and friends...

    What are the differences between 'run across/into' and 'come across'?

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    Re: run into/across

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Please, dear teachers and friends...

    What are the differences between 'run across/into' and 'come across'?

    thanks
    'run across' is if you find something in literature or anything written which you may not understand.............. "I have been reading Shakespeare, and have run across some words which I cannot find in the dictionary."

    "run into" is if you happen to see someone unexpectedly. "I was out shopping and ran into an old friend."

    'come across" is someone's interpretation of possibly something you might have done. "I'm sorry, but the way in which you handled that meeting, you came across as being unorganized or even uninformed."

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: run into/across

    hmmm let me see if I got this straight:

    run across
    To find by chance; come upon.

    run into 1. To meet or find by chance: ran into an old friend.
    2. To encounter (something): ran into trouble.
    3. To collide with.
    4. To amount to: His net worth runs into seven figures.

    come across 1. To meet or find by chance: came across my old college roommate in town today.
    2. Slang a. To do what is wanted.
    b. To pay over money that is demanded: came across with the check.

    3. To give an impression: "He comes across as a very sincere, religious individual" William L. Clay.

    come upon To discover or meet by accident.


    so... according to this dictionary... it's possible that
    come cross = come upon = run into
    if we are talking about an unexpected meeting.

    However... they all have the same meaning when we are talking about finding something by accident/chance. Is that right?

    Thanks for commenting.

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    Re: run into/across

    Yes, in many instances they are the same.

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