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to bump into somebody: meaning and explanation

The meaning of phrasal verb ‘to bump into someone’ is to meet someone by chance, without planning to.

For example, if you’re walking to the shops and you see one of your friends (without arranging to meet them) then you can say that you bumped into them on the way to the shops.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Northern England

Tom โ€“ .
I Tom earlier โ€“ he's over for a .
I into Tom earlier โ€“ he's invited all over for a drink Friday.

…he’s invited us all round

To invite somebody round is a phrasal verb which means to invite someone to your house, e.g. for a meal..

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Tell me a story, starting with: “The other day I bumped into…”.
  • What do you think is happening in the photo at the top of this post?

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Shahnaz
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Shahnaz

I have had a nice start with the micro listening. I want to continue practicing. Thanks a lot.

Marzia
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Marzia

I really enjoy practicing itโ€™s fun

Olyrevelo
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Olyrevelo

I love it. You can practise english for real.

Luisfer
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Luisfer

Wow
I like it!
I do have a question,
what is the difference between bump into and run across, run into?

FabianKX
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FabianKX

Days ago, I was on my way to the office whenI bumped into my ex. It was an awkward situation since we didnโ€™t break up in good terms.

In the picture, both women might be old school friends who bumped into each other while commuting. Apparently, itโ€™s been quite a long time without talking because they look very emotional in the photo.

lengockhanh
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lengockhanh

hello.Can you help me? . I’m sitting on the fence between using the sentence : ” I’ll come across trouble” or ” I’ll get into trouble”

fabiolabr001
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fabiolabr001

It is a excellent excercise for practice. Thanks

C19
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C19

Feeling complicated to understand the pronunciation

khrystyna89
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khrystyna89

I think this is a great way to practise listening skills. Thanks a lot.

Abril
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Abril

I’m having issues to play the listenings. am I the only one with this problem?

gabrielatalaverac
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gabrielatalaverac

The other day I bumped into a special person I met in my instituto and I miss him a lot

cristian_omar
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cristian_omar

The other day I bumped into a friend I hadn’t seen since I graduated from high school. It was a surprising encounter, as It has been 5 years since then, and It happened in his university library that I usually visit

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