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  1. After many failed attempts, I finally managed to put on some lipstick in a moving car.
  2. After many failed attempts, I finally managed to put on some lipstick in a running car.

Which verb should be used here? And why?

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Assuming that the failed attempts consisted of red smears over your face, you now managed to apply lipstick in a moving car.

A running car is either a car that is not broken or one whose engine is switched on right now, but does not mean that it is in motion when you pull out your lipstick.

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