Posted by: episystechpubs | September 16, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Run like the wind

Here is a request I get frequently, though it is not from inquiring minds like most of the e-mail I receive. No, this is a request from people who have gone batty from hearing other people use the word incorrectly. That word is run. Here is the condensed grammatical layout of this problem child:

· Present tense form of run: run (I run, you run, he runs, she runs, it runs, we run, they run)

Example: When the program runs for more than ten minutes, the laptop starts to heat up.

· Past tense form of run: ran (I ran, you ran, he ran, she ran, it ran, we ran, they ran)

Example: The report ran for two hours before the client called.

· Past participle form of run: run (I have run, you have run, he has run, she has run, it has run, we have run, they have run)

Example: Once you have run the three PowerOn specfiles, ask your supervisor to verify that you have generated the correct reports.

Most of the errors we see (or hear) are with the past participle. Let’s look at one more example:

Correct, good, fantastic, all is right with the world:

After you have run the update program, you have to log off and log back on again.

Incorrect, bad, terrible, watch your back—you might send someone off the deep end:

After you have ran the update program, you have to log off and log back on again.

For an article on ran vs. run, see The Many Faces of “Run” from For a table of the word run in its conjugated forms, see: Verbix.

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