Niwantha
Could I use "run into/ran into" for documents? Does this sentence make a sense? Hi friends, Could I use "ran into" for documents? Does this sentence make a sense? e.g. I ran into an important document while perusing a file to be thrown out. Thanks in advance! Niwantha
Oct 16, 2018 6:15 AM
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It is said this way, and you may hear it in speech, but in written English you will not see it as its not technically the correct usage. Laurence stated an example that is much better.
October 16, 2018
A better sentence would be: I came across an important document while looking through a file to be thrown out.
October 16, 2018
Hi Niwantha, We "ran into" someone when we met someone by chance. Of course, we can also use "ran into" (something) when someone knocked into or collided with it. Example: He was talking to someone behind when he ran into a lamppost. It sounds odd that you "run into" an important document. I would suggest "came across". We "came across" something while seeing or reading it accidentally. We can also use "come across" for a person. Reference URL: https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/came+across (look under definition 3). I hope this helps.
October 16, 2018
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