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I can run, but I cannot walk.

When not running, I cannot move.

I only move back and forth.

When I move, I move not only me.

People cannot talk to me without sounding strange.

I am not wet. If I get wet, I may kill you.

I usually run only when it is hot.

Who or what am I?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not a fan of spoiler-tagged hints ruling out otherwise fitting solutions (as per your comments on them), since some people choose not to look at hints. I'd suggest unspoilering them, or finding a way to add their content to the riddle. $\endgroup$ – xnor Feb 17 '15 at 3:50
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    $\begingroup$ I unhid the spoilers and added them to the riddle, as per your suggestion. The reason I added the lines is to make the riddle less vague by giving more criteria for the solution. $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Feb 17 '15 at 3:57
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Answer:

an electric fan

Why?

A fan moves back and forth (well, moving fans do). Fan moves air. If you get a fan wet, the electronic components could possibly kill you. If you talk into a fan, you sound strange. People generally run fans when they are hot.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done again, Josh. +1 $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Feb 17 '15 at 7:58
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Water

It runs, but doesn't walk.

If it's moving, it's running.

It moves other things along with it. Just ask Huck Finn or Pikachu.

And it definitely makes voices sound strange, if by talking to it you mean talking in it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Very clever, but it is definitely talk to me, not in me. $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Feb 17 '15 at 2:49
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't mean to say you wrote the wrong word, just that if you talk "to" it close enough, you end up "in" it. $\endgroup$ – Set Big O Feb 17 '15 at 2:50
  • $\begingroup$ I added more hints, so that the riddle is not too broad. $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Feb 17 '15 at 3:38
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The answer is

A river

I can run, but I cannot walk.

A river runs but does not walk

When not running, I cannot move.

When a river does not run, it stays still and does not move

When I move, I move not only me.

A river carries many things when it flows

People cannot talk to me without sounding strange.

Listening to the words spoken by a person when we are underwater will surely sound strange!

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  • $\begingroup$ I added more hints so that the riddle is not too broad. $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Feb 17 '15 at 3:38

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