passed vs past : Common Errors in English

About passed vs past

If you are referring to a period of time before now or a distance, use “past”: “the team performed well in the past,” “the police car drove past the suspect’s house.” If you are referring to the action of passing, however, you need to use “passed“: “when John passed the gravy, he spilled it on his lap,” “the teacher was astonished that none of the students had passed the test.” Remember that no matter however you have ”passed the time” you have never “past the time,” not even in the distant past.

past Meaning(s)

  • (n) the time that has elapsed
  • (n) a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)
  • (n) a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
  • (a) earlier than the present time; no longer current
  • (s) of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
  • (r) so as to pass a given point

passed in News

  1. Bill passed today extends life of Wausau redevelopment district

    A bill passed unanimously Wednesday in the state Assembly will extend the life of a Wausau riverfront redevelopment district and provide an additional $17 million for commercial space and parks.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Wausau Daily Herald

  2. California Debt Consolidation Quote Applauds the Passed Bill That Strengthens the Protection of Consumers Against Debt ...

    California Debt Consolidation Quote is happy with the report from the Imperial Valley News about the latest bill that was passed by the California Senate to strengthen the protection of consumers against abusive debt collectors. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. Passed by Senate on Monday

    Sen. Sherrod Brown says his amendment to the Farm Bill that passed the Senate Monday will redirect $20 billion in subsidies from large farms that don’t need them to small farms and food assistance programs.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: 89.7 WKSU

past in News

  1. Jackson defends past, talks policy in Manassas

    Exodus Faith Ministries Bishop E.W. Jackson, who has come under controversy for his past financial troubles and comments on social issues, defended himself Wednesday in Manassas at the Hampton Inn during his first press conference since winning the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor on May 18.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Gainesville Times

  2. Past Lives: Sag Harbor's Old Watch Factory Reassembled as Luxe Lofts

    Here now, Past Lives, in which Curbed explores what some of the country's most interesting residential buildings used to be before they became livable homes. Care to suggest a building with a fascinating past life? Do drop us a line....
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Curbed

  3. Rewind past Jets disaster: Tebow’s time as Denver’s quarterback provides a link to his future

    Moving past the obvious "WTF" factor, the inevitable media circus that will now hit Foxboro hard, and his clear limitations as a quarterback, one must now ruminate as to precisely how one Tim Tebow fits into the New England Patriots' … Continue reading ?
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Shutdown Corner via Yahoo! Sports

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