I guess, flee refers mostly to physical movement, like to run away from something, whereas to escape may mean just "to avoid" without actually lifting a finger.
The suspect fled the scene only to be captured before they reached the airport. They did fled but they did not escape.So if I'm asking about the final result, does only 'escape' work?
Did the suspects manage to escape? Sadly, they did.
Did the suspects manage to flee? Sadly, they did.
And do all of them work in this context?
Mom, what do I do if I see a wildboar? Should I escape/flee/run away or lie down and play dead?
(Being picky) You should try to escape, flee, run, try to run away (success implied by "away"), or lie down and play dead.
Like "escape", "run away" implies that you get away from the boar instead of running and being caught.
If you flee, run, or lie down and play dead for even a moment, you have successfully done those things.
And how do I describe what is going on here? Well, I know I could say a police officer is chasing some guy, but how do I put it if I start the sentence with "some guy"?
Some guy is escaping from a police officer. ; OK with "trying to escape"
Some guy is fleeing a police officer. , but it sounds a bit formal to me.
Some guy is running from a police officer.
Some guy is running away from a police officer.
Or would it be better to use "trying to" again. If so, which verb after "trying to"?
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People escape from prison. Whenever confinement or captivity is involved, use "escape". "Flee" puts the emphasis on running, not on getting out in the first place.
Readers will naturally assume they ran away on foot, and this is the usual meaning of "run away", but "run away" can be used in a wider sense that could involve any kind of vehicle. If someone ran away to America, for example, you would not assume they went there on foot.When police arrived, the two men ran away.
So could that mean they ran away on bikes, by car etc? I thought you could run away on foot only, just physically running.
They aren't escaping from their homes because no-one is detaining them there. In China however, people may try to escape from their homes because the authorities are not allowing them out due to the Covid lockdown.I heard Richard Gere talking about Ukrainian families "fleeing their homes". Does "flee" work better than "escaping" or "running away" in that collocation?
you'll have a guiltyAnd which one do I use in a metaphorical context.
If you do this, you'll have guilty conscious all your life. You just won't be able to escape/flee/run away from guilt and this will kill you.
Does that example even work?
Not knowing the full context, I would imagine that, before she changed her name, she was figuratively running away from her attacker. Changing her name would allow her to finally escape from her attacker. The friend is asking about before, not after.One of these women is a rape victim, which took place when she was young. To forget about that, she changed her name. The other woman found out she'd changed here name and asked why, saying "What were you running away from?"
Now, why was "run away" picked this time? It's clearly a metaphorical use and I thought she should have gone for "escape" like in #38.
There are several ways of answering this. "Running away" is not the only possible wording, and to say why it was used means making guesses about the speaker's thought processes. These guesses may be wrong.One of these women is a rape vicitm, which took place when she was young. To forget about that, she changed her name. The other woman found out she'd changed here name and asked why, saying "What were you running away from?"
Now, why "run away" was picked this time? It's clearly a metaphorical use and I thought she should have gone for "escape" like in #38.
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There are three negatives associated with this in my opinion.And would "What were you fleeing make?" sense?