usage of "run eye over"

Hello,

Could you advise me if you find any of the following wordings acceptable?

  1. I was commissioned to run an eye over the assembled computer to make certain everything was in working order.
  2. I was commissioned to run the eye over the assembled computer to make certain everything was in working order.
  3. I was commissioned to run my eye over the assembled computer to make certain everything was in working order.

Thanks!

#1 or #3, but not #2. Understand that the phrase is casual, so it does not quite match the formal register of the rest of the sentence.

Hello MM,

Many thanks for your advice!

By the way, can I substitite “eyes” for “eye” in #1 and #3?
Such as:

  1. I was going to run eyes over the assembled computer.
  2. I was going to run my eyes over the assembled computer.

Thanks!

#1 is not possible; #2 is possible, but the idiom remains ‘run one’s eye over’.

Hello MM,
Now I’ve exhausted all the permutations and learned which are possible!
Thanks a bunch for your guidance!

Hi OTS,

By using the plural ‘eyes’ there is a risk that this can sound comical because the idiom then changes into a ‘literal’ meaning. It would be similar to ‘I can’t put my finger on it’ changed to ‘I can’t put my fingers on it’, which then becomes ‘literal’ but in this case not comical/

Alan