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Writing Challenge: Back to Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

My dear friends, I couldn't decide what task to propose you. I wanted to post something both useful and interesting. But yesterday I saw a car accident on the highway. Fortunately, there happened nothing serious and it helped me come up with this idea.

Well, the idea is following. I will tell you some idioms and phrasal verbs with the verb TO RUN and will ask you to write your stories using at least 5 of them. If some of the expressions are not clear enough, just ask me for more explanations and examples, OK? You may know some of them, but some of them may be new for you. If you drive, it will be easy for you to write a story using these expressions.

So, here is my list.

to run oneself into the ground - to make oneself extremely exhausted

to run in - to run (mostly an engine) gently when it is new

to run like the clappers - to move extremely fast

to run smbd/smth down - to hit a person or an animal and to knock it on the ground

to run over - to knock smbd/smthing down and to drive over

to run low/short of - to become depleted

to run out of - to use up

to run into smth - to face unexpected problems or to hit something with a vehicle

to run one's mind over smth - to recall some past events

to run like a hairy goat - to act in such a way that others think you are worse than you are

to run on - to talk incessantly or to something without stopping

to run off - to write a story, a verse or something else in no time.

Well, I am ready to run off my story and what about you? Let's see!

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Comment by Svitlana on April 27, 2018 at 22:05

I always run myself into the ground learning these "awful" phrasal verbs (((
Thank you, dear Danny, for nice explanation of them.

Comment by Danny Clark on April 30, 2017 at 14:39

Dear Onee, if you read my story (the next blog), you will see how to use these expressions. Don't give up!


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Comment by Onee-chan on April 30, 2017 at 14:19

My writings lack vocabulary... :((

Dunno if I can participate... But I will read for sure. Thank you for the challenge, Sir. 

Comment by Danny Clark on April 28, 2017 at 13:21

Dear, take it easy! You are very good at explaining your mind. I have no problems understanding you.

Comment by Rose Iris on April 28, 2017 at 13:16

Dear Danny, always after reading the corrections is it clear and I get nervous and angry about myself. As I wrote in my last sentence: there is an empty black hohle in my brain while writing.

Thanks for your corrections.

Comment by Rose Iris on April 28, 2017 at 13:07

Hahaha, dear Danny, I'm still waiting for the day when you write:  "NO MISTAKES ... EVERYTHING IS CORRECT"... I would be blown away by it ... but I know, I will wait in vain or it will be a long shot at least.

Take your time with your corrections. I don't want you to run yourself into the ground.

Comment by Danny Clark on April 28, 2017 at 13:02

Well, here are my corrections. Are they clear?

Yesterday I wanted to go shopping downtown. I left my house and went to the nearest tram station. I saw the coming train and sprinted the last meters because I was afraid to miss the train. I had to admit I was totally “out of gas” after the sprint. Hahaha, it seems I am too old to run like the clappers and the time of running myself into the ground is over. I got on the train and got nervous about the people behind me because they started running on a silly topic. 
I was so much nervous but I didn't say anything because I didn't want them to think I was running like a hairy goat and I didn't also want them to run me down.
Excuse me please but I am very busy and so I have to run off the end of the story.
I am afraid when I run my mind over this challenge, I will run into an empty black hole in my brain.

Comment by Danny Clark on April 28, 2017 at 12:53

Dear Rose, hahaha, I do like the end! While I was reading your new story you were writing the one on my challenge! Well, I can say at once thet you used most of the idioms correctly, but give me a few minutes to make other corrections

Comment by Rose Iris on April 28, 2017 at 12:09

Dear Danny, here is my attempt to use some of the expressions:

Yesterday I wanted to go shopping downtown. I left my house and went to the next tram station. I saw the coming train and sprinted the last metres because I was afraid to miss the train. I had to realize I was totally out of gas after the sprint. Hahaha, it seems I am too old for running like the clappers and the time is over to run myself into the ground. I sat on the train and was nerved about people behind me because they started to run on a silly topic.
I was so much nerved but I didn't say anything because I didn't want them to think I am running like a hairy goat and I also didn't want them to run me down.
Excuse me please but I am very busy and so I have to run of to finish this test.
I am afraid when I run my mind over that challenge, I will run into a empty black hohle in my brain.

Comment by Mishaikh on April 27, 2017 at 17:35

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