play truant/run away

Hi teachers,

He plays truant from school.
He runs away from school. Are both correct?

They are both correct English. The meanings are not identical.

Thank you. What’s the difference?

play truant - does not go to school (when he should be there). He is absent without good reason. Truants often hide the fact that they are playing truant from their parents.

runs away from - is originally at school, then leaves, suddenly and without permission.