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Remembrance of things . . .

Has something "passed" you by? Was that in the "past"? Although it sounds the same as “passed,” “past” is not a form of the verb “pass,” and these two words are used in different situations.

The verb “pass” takes “passed” as its past-tense and past-participle forms:Present tense: Please pass the turnips. And pass the pepper, too.Past tense: The children were so eager to see the lions that they passed right by the monkey house.Past participle: The earnest intern, passed over for a permanent position, decided to start her own business.

However, “past” is much more flexible: It can be a noun, an adjective, an adverb or a preposition.Noun: We're thankful the unpleasantness is all in the past now.Adjective: The past tense of the verb “sing” is “sang.”Adverb: We were sitting here as the speeding garbage truck hurtled past.Preposition: Nothing gets past us!

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