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    Smile Someone has passed away for X years.

    [I ask because there isn't a thread about my question on UsingEnglish.com.]

    Does the grammar of "(to) die" apply to its euphemism "(to) pass away"?

    Her grandfather has passed away for X years.
    Her grandfather has passed away over X years.



    Neither is acceptable?

    I consulted my usage and grammar books, but they do not have an entry about "pass away" of this sense.

    Please shed some light.


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    Re: Someone has passed away for X years.

    'to pass away' is not a state, nor a dynamic verb with a sense continuity in time, so "for a peroid of time" as an adjunct does not work with it. The time related to the act of passing away is a point, a moment, and not a period. We should choose the adverb of time accordingly.

    He passed away yesterday, at 10PM, last year, etc.
    Last edited by svartnik; 10-Nov-2009 at 18:17.

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    Re: Someone has passed away for X years.

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    [I ask because there isn't a thread about my question on UsingEnglish.com.]

    Does the grammar of "(to) die" apply to its euphemism "(to) pass away"?

    Her grandfather has passed away for X years.
    Her grandfather has passed away over X years.



    Neither is acceptable?

    I consulted my usage and grammar books, but they do not have an entry about "pass away" of this sense.

    Please shed some light.


    Best Regards,
    "Has passed away" is present perfect, you can't use a specific time reference with it, you could say "Her grandfather has passed away."He passed away X years ago." We would use "died" in the same way.
    If you don't want to use the present perfect, you could say "Her grandfather died/passed away X years ago.

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