One Point English Lesson: Run Into Vs Run Across

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They ran into each other in front of the convenience store!

When you meet someone you know by chance, in other words, coincidentally, you can use run into. When you run into someone, you didn’t have a prior plan to see him or her. So, run into  means “meet by chance.”

We use run into + [person] like this:

  • I ran into my sister at the mall today.
  • Jack ran into his high school sweetheart at a business convention.
  • I’m going to Las Vegas. I wonder if I will run into anyone famous!

When you find some information by chance, in other words, coincidentally, you can use run across. When you run across something, you didn’t have a prior plan to look for it. So, run across means “find by chance”

We use run across + [thing] like this:

  • I ran across an interesting news article today.
  • Jack ran across his high school yearbook when he was cleaning out the closet.
  • I ran across a book by John Lennon when I was shopping in a used book shop.

Have you run into anyone recently? Have you run across anything lately?

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