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    Hi

    What can it mean "they passed on it"?

    For example I was waiting for a decision/opinion from someone else and somebody tells me "they passed on it". (I'm not sure it's a good example, though)

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    Default Re: pass on it

    I'm not a professional teacher, but to pass on something in this context normally means to decline or not accept.

    For example, someone may offer a piece of cake, and I might say "I'll pass on that" when not accepting the offer. Or, as in your example, one might ask someone to make a decision and they say "I'll pass on that" meaning they decline to make the decision - they are passing the decision on to someone else.
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    Default Re: pass on it

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    I'm not a professional teacher, but to pass on something in this context normally means to decline or not accept.

    For example, someone may offer a piece of cake, and I might say "I'll pass on that" when not accepting the offer. Or, as in your example, one might ask someone to make a decision and they say "I'll pass on that" meaning they decline to make the decision - they are passing the decision on to someone else.
    Right. Well done!

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