|1 Across indicates the direction of movement from one side of an area to the other.|
|Pattern: motion verb + across + noun |
The girl ran across the yard.
|Verbs often used before across: |
crawl, drive, go, limp, move, ride, run, swim, walk
|2 Across can mean on the other side of a place.|
|Pattern: verb + across + nounMy friend lives across the street.|
|3 Across from means opposite or facing.|
|Pattern 1: verb + across from + noun |
My assistant's office is across from mine.
My secretary sits across from me.
|Pattern 2: verb + across + noun + from + noun |
My assistant's office is across the hall from mine.
|4 Across and all across mean in every area of. |
People across the world are using the Internet.
There is a heat wave all across the country.
|across the board—including everyone or everything |
Everyone got a raise in salary: there was a wage increase of three percent across the board.
|5 Phrasal verbs|
|come across (nonseparable)—find something unexpectedly |
I came across this old picture of you when I was looking for some documents.
|come across (intransitive)—be received by an audience |
The banquet speaker was not sure how well he came across.
|run across (nonseparable)—to find something unexpectedly |
I ran across a letter you wrote to me when we were children.
|get (something) across to (separable)—make something understood|
The young girl tried to get it across to her boyfriend that she was not ready to get married.