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    a few connotations of "pass on"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Pass on, please!

    He bowed and passed on.

    pass on = continue on one’s way; go on

    Read the note and pass it on.

    You have to pass the present order.

    pass on = submit

    Let's pass on to the urgent business.

    They had passed on to a new subject.

    pass on = move on; proceed to;

    He tried to pass the job on to me, but I soon got rid of it.

    If you can't do the job yourself pass it on to someone else.

    pass on = shift on; transfer; devolve upon

    I'm sorry to hear that your favourite uncle passed on last week.

    pass on = die

    Before I pass sentence on you, have you anything to say for yourself?

    pass on = refer to another person for decision or judgment

    An icy road warning was passed on.

    pass on = impart; transmit information

    Joe will have his father's gold watch because it is handed down in the family.

    In old times, property was usually handed down to the oldest son at his father's death.

    hand down = to arrange to give or leave after, death

    Thank you for your efforts.


    Last edited by vil; 20-Dec-2009 at 08:42.

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    Re: a few connotations of "pass on"

    If you pass a note onto somebody else you give it to somebody else. I don't think the word "submit" works here.

    We usually say that somebody who has died has passed away.

    The judge had made the decision himself and was getting ready to announce his decision.

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