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    Question Pass Over

    "Peter was passed over for promotion by Michael."

    Does the sentence mean: Micheal didn't promote Peter, or Micheal got promoted ahead of Michael?

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    Re: Pass Over

    "Peter was passed over for promotion by Michael."

    Hi!

    I think this might mean that Michael didn't even think about giving Peter a promotion.

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    Re: Pass Over

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    "Peter was passed over for promotion by Michael."

    Does the sentence mean: Micheal didn't promote Peter, or Micheal got promoted ahead of Michael?
    It means that Michael promoted somebody else instead of Peter. There's no implication that Michael didn't consider Peter for the job; but in the end, he didn't choose him.

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    Re: Pass Over

    "Peter was repeatedly passed over for promotion by others who had inferior sales numbers."

    Would "pass over" have a slightly different meaning here?

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    Re: Pass Over

    No, same idea. He was not given a promotion.

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    Re: Pass Over

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    "Peter was repeatedly passed over for promotion by others who had inferior sales numbers."

    Would "pass over" have a slightly different meaning here?
    No. The meaning remains the same. There was a pomotion coming up; Peter was a candidate; he wasn't chosen. This happened a few times and the people who got the job are not as good as Peter.

    Why should there be a slight difference in meaning? You might have more of an idea of management's opinion of Peter by now, but the verb still means the same. "Passed over" doesn't imply one way or the other whether Peter was considered for job. But, Peter must be somewhere is the hierarchical order, or in a promotable place, to say that he was "passed over".

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    Re: Pass Over

    So, the "passing over" must ALWAYS be done by someone doing the promoting?

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    Re: Pass Over

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    So, the "passing over" must ALWAYS be done by someone doing the promoting?
    Of course; that's what it means. If there's one job, and Peter and Tom are the two candidates, you pass over Peter simply by promoting Tom. Being passed over is a side effect. It's not a separate action.

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    Re: Pass Over

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    So, the "passing over" must ALWAYS be done by someone doing the promoting?
    Yes.

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    Re: Pass Over

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    So, the "passing over" must ALWAYS be done by someone doing the promoting?
    The expression is most commonly used in the passive.

    Although the passing over can be 'done' only by the person who is doing the promoting, the focus of attention is on the person who was not promoted.

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