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The driver ran over him/him over and fled the scene.

Are either acceptable or does one seem awkward?

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The driver ran over him/him over and fled the scene.

Are either acceptable or does one seem awkward?

Both are used, but 'ran over X' sounds almost like a careful version of the event, while 'ran X over' sounds like a careless or more violent version of the event.

Given the nature of the events in the sentence, I'd say you need 'ran him over'.

CJ

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It's "ran him over". The other way is not natural with "ran" because it sounds like you don't know the other one. You might say the driver "drove over him" if you want that word order.

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