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    Could pass over mean pass away?

    Is that AmE?

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    #2

    Re: Could pass over mean pass away?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Is that AmE?

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    I don't think its use is restricted to AmE, but a common use of the term is used to describe non-consideration for a promotion as in "John was passed over for the position because he is frequently absent".

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    Re: Could pass over mean pass away?

    Context helps. Yes, sometimes some people refer to death as "passing over" into the next realm.

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    Re: Could pass over mean pass away?

    Well, I'm watching the mentalist (4th season) and in several episodes when people mentioned about a dead guy they said he passed over. So I'm just confused about the usage of pass over. Wondering if that is AmE.

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    Context helps. Yes, sometimes some people refer to death as "passing over" into the next realm.

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    Re: Could pass over mean pass away?

    Exactly as Dave says - it would be used by people who believe the soul of the dead person goes to a different place. Anyone who thinks the dead person can communicate with them (i.e,. they are seeking the help of a medium) must believe the soul still exists somewhere, so they would be good candidates for this use. I do believe our soul goes somewhere else, but don't use this phrase.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Could pass over mean pass away?

    It's a sort of "New Age" expression and not one of the more traditional Christian beliefs. I'd never heard it used until maybe 10-15 years ago.

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    Re: Could pass over mean pass away?

    The phrase is often used in stage acts by mediums (or other people who claim to be able to communicate with the dead). In The Mentalist, Patrick Jane used to be a charlatan who had a stage show in which he claimed to speak to the dead, as of course you know if you're watching the show. If you have ever seen any of the broadcasts by John Edward or the funny little British guy whose name I have forgotten, you will hear "When did he pass over?" and "I'm getting a lady who passed over a few months ago" etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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