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    #1

    'get past Sth' and 'pass Sth'?

    Hi there,
    I'd be happy if someone could kindly answer this question of mine. I just wonder how 'to get past something' may differ in meaning from 'to pass something'.


    Also, is it possible to use them interchangably in the following two expressions?

    1. "The food is past/has passed its sell-by-date!"
    2. "I think I can still work! I haven't passed/am not past my sell-by-date yet!"


    Thanks a lot!

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    #2

    Re: 'get past Sth' and 'pass Sth'?

    ' be past' and 'pass' are interchangeable in your sentences.

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    #3

    Re: 'get past Sth' and 'pass Sth'?

    However, be past sounds more natural to me in both cases.

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    Re: 'get past Sth' and 'pass Sth'?

    Thanks to you both!
    And, apart from being interchangably used at times, are there cases when one shouldn't be used instead of the other?

    Many thanks again!

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    #5

    Re: 'get past Sth' and 'pass Sth'?

    Passing a kidney stone is not that same as getting past a kidney stone. Nor is passing a football.

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