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    Default Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    Hi everybody , How are you doing , I hope you are fine

    My question is about the phrase

    Thank you for passing >> This phrase is largely used in forums when someone posts a thread and many visitors read his topic . When this one wants to thank those who read his topic , he uses the phrase
    Thank you for passing ...or Your passing is appreciated
    My Q is that
    Is using the word passing here correct
    If not , what is the alternative
    What did native speakers say in that case
    Thanks in advance

    Sorry about the title , it is speakers not skeakers

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    Default Re: Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    Sounds like a Gallicism, or a non-standard variant. We'd normally use a phrasal verb, like "passing by," or simply write "visiting."

    Your passing is appreciated sounds like it means your death is welcome.

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    Default Re: Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    Sounds strange to me too. (British English skeaker)

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    Default Re: Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    What about others' opinions ? I want to read more

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    Default Re: Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    It sounds like you are thanking someone for dying or for going around your car in traffic. "Thank you for coming by" or "thank you for looking" sounds better to me.
    Thanks a lot for your reply . I still want more opinions

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    Default Re: Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    How about "Thank you for posting".

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    Default Re: Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    How many native speakers do you need to hear from?

    It's sounds like you're thanking someone for their death, as said above. Since that's not really a logical meaning, it seems like a typo for "posting."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    Could it be a term from Contract Bridge? Passing is not bidding i.e not raising the bid.

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    Default Re: Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    One of the major differences between a mistake and an error is the frequency of the error. Since Sirhasan says the expression is widely used, it can't be a mistake in typing.

    The users may be using a secondary meaning of pass wrongly:
    1. Hand over.
    2. Transfer.
    maybe to mean give, send, post.

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    Default Re: Urgent >> For Native Skeakers Of English Only

    Can I say to all those who read my post and wrote their comments

    Thank you for passing = the meaning is derived from to move past a place
    such as a house
    This meaning is used to talk about their passing ( visiting - dropping by )
    my topic

    From my heart , I say thanks to everyone who commented

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