Hello everyone!:)

The other day I sat an exam, one of the exercises was to fill in the gaps, I had no words to choose, so, I had to come up with them. There is one sentence I couldn't understand, I just couldn't get the word, so, I wrote the first thing that came to my mind, I'm sure it doesn't make sense. The sentence was:

- It was a great surprise when I ____ into Peter in the street yesterday. I wrote "got", but, doesn't "got into" mean get somewhere? So, it's impossible to get into Peter's body. But, "meet" doesn't make sense either, I was allowed to use only one word, so, can anyone come up with any?

It's the "into" the thing that confuses me..I even thought that Peter could be a shop, but, then, "in the street yesterday" wouldn't make sense. I also thought that "Peter" could be a street, but, again "in" shouldn't be there, right?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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I'm not obsessed with them, I just like them!

Yep, I thought so about "ran into" yesterday night, but, then, Ant_222 gave a link and it seemed as if it was an idiom..I don't know, I don't know!:(
They are slightly different, in terms of register and likely context; "run into" could turn up in most contexts, except perhaps "formal", while "bump into" would be more likely to appear in an informal or casual context. Thus:

1. I ran into Peter last night

2. I bumped into Peter last night

3. and he told me he had cancer.

4. and he told me he's moving to San Francisco.

#4 would go with #1 or #2; but if you said #3 after #2, it might sound a little flippant!

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Thank you, MrP!:)

I think I am starting to understand.

So, I want to say something that doesn't have much importance, I could use both. However, if we are talking about a serious thing, "ran into" would be better, right?

I didn't gave any type of context, well, there wasn't in the exercise. But, seems that the person who saw Peter was happy to see him..maybe because they haven't seen each other for a long time?
I think you're right. Also, you can "run into" a large number of people (e.g. "we ran into an enemy platoon just outside Dieppe"); but you probably wouldn't bump into more than a few.

(Yes, the speaker does sound happy to have bumped into Peter. I can't think why. I always try to avoid him, myself.)

See you later!

MrP, thank you very much for your patience!:)
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