Session 4

Vocabulary: 9 uses of 'run'

Mariam's back with BBC Learning English's version of The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe - and nine different uses of the word 'run'.

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Activity 1

The Rue Morgue part one - 6 uses of 'run'

What a horrific sight...
Improve your use of English vocabulary by watching our version of a classic horror story: The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe. We've used the word run in nine different ways in this story. 

To do

The story is in two parts. As you watch the first part, listen out for five uses of the word run - and decide whether this summary of the story is correct or wrong:

  • A detective is investigating a murder. Witnesses heard two voices, then found a dead body in a room with two bags of money, and another dead body on the street.

Watch the video and complete the activity

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Hello, I'm Mariam. I hope you don't scare easily because today I've got a story that will make your blood run cold. It's a story about murder and intrigue and a detective who has to work out who has committed a very serious crime.

The story is set in Paris in the 19th Century. On a dark and foggy night, a terrifying scream echoes around the streets. People nearby hear two voices coming from the apartment above. One of them clearly sounds French but the other one is high-pitched and isn't easy to understand. Then it goes quiet.

Quickly, the people run into the house where the noise came from and run up the stairs. With a great force they burst into the apartment. What a horrific sight they see; there is mess everywhere, there's a woman's body hanging from the chimney and another is on the courtyard below with blood running from a cut in her neck and there are two bags of money left behind – no one has taken them. But strangely, the windows are closed and the doors are locked and no one saw anyone run down the stairs as they came up. What a mystery.

The police have never run up against something like this before so it requires the brains of a super-sleuth to solve it – enter the smart private detective Dupin. He runs through the evidence – with all the possible scenarios running through his head – the strange voice, someone very cruel, no means of escape. Then he examines the handprints on the woman's body – they are large and possibly not human. Could it be some kind of animal – an ape perhaps? That would explain the strange voice but what about the other human voice that was heard?

What a mystery indeed - but I'm going to leave it there. Join me again next time to find out what went on that night. Bye for now.

To do

How was that? The summary was correct.

Now, have a go at our quiz to check you know the first six uses of run.

The Rue Morgue game

6 Questions

Let's check your understanding of the story - and the words and phrases with run. Decide whether each statement about the story is true or false. Look at the vocabulary box if you need help.

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It's time to find out what happens next - and to learn some more uses of run! See you on the next page.

Session Vocabulary

  • make your blood run cold (C2)
    make you feel very scared

    run (A1)
    move fast by taking steps that are much quicker than walking

    running (B2)

    run up against (something) (C2)
    start to experience a problem

    runs through (C2)
    thinks about

    running through (his head) (C2)
    thinking about