Of course we have a lot of English words for hanging out with friends, but recently a student asked me how we native speakers use a phrase like “run into”. Let me explain below.
Run into someone
This is very similar to “See” someone, or “meet” someone, but the important difference is that when you run into someone, it’s a surprise. This is always an unplanned meeting. Sometimes you continue to hang out with them after you run into them, or you can just say hello and keep on with your day. Check out my examples below.
I ran into my ex-boss when I was shopping the other day. I really didn’t want to have a conversation, but I had to.
I ran into my old friend Ricky yesterday and I was so surprised to see him! We haven’t spoken in a long time so it was nice to catch up with him.