I had a question related to Cricket. Colloquially, where the context's obvious, can "runs" be dropped to avoid duplication?

The batsman ran two runs.

But can it be (in a obvious context)

The batsman ran two.

The batsman should try to run two.

The batsman should try for two.

Do all the sentences above sound natural? And do the last two sentences sound natural?

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While batsmen may hit/score/take two runs or make two runs, they DON'T run two runs. It's not idiomatic.

Instead, as you suggest, ran two is fine when the context is already established. You will often hear expressions such as:

they take an easy two....
they scurry home for two...
they snatch two (runs)....

and so on.

  • And what about: The batsman took two runs. Jun 16, 2019 at 15:53
  • Does it sound natural? Jun 16, 2019 at 15:54
  • And does "The batsman ran two" sound natural? I thought that I had just dropped "runs". And what about the last two sentences? Jun 16, 2019 at 15:55
  • Does "run two " suggest "run two times"? Jun 16, 2019 at 15:56
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    I read "run two runs" at a lot of places.... Jun 16, 2019 at 15:58

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