Archive for September 17, 2010

inseparable phrasal verb: run out (of)


Today, I have a very short entry for you about the phrasal verb “run out”. We often can add the preposition “of” at the end of it, but it’s not necessary. We use this when we want to talk about using all our supply of something, and there is no more of it left. For example:

We ran out of sugar, so we need to get some more at the supermarket today.

I ran out of gas while I was driving my car to work. I had to call the motor association to help me.

Billy didn’t finish the marathon because he ran out of energy before he got to the finish line.

Do we still have any cookies? I hope we haven’t run out. My friend is bringing her children over today.

This is a very useful expression, and we use it a lot in English.

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