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    Usage Of "Pass"

    I have a question about the usage of the verb "pass". According to definition 3 of this dictionary for "pass":


    def 3. to be successful in an examination or test by achieving a satisfactory standard

    , which suggest that "pass" in this context should only be used with "test", "exam", or "quiz". But then, I found this:


    If you do not pass the Entry Level Writing Requirement, you will need to demonstrate a minimum proficiency in composition through course work.
    A "requirement" is certainly not a "test". So, is the example sentence an error? Would this rewrite:


    If you do not satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement,...

    be better?

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    Re: Usage Of "Pass"

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    No it would not be better.

    Look at definition 5.1in the Oxford Dictionary
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...n/english/pass

    The ability of someone to meet the Entry Level Writing Requirement is being judged as satisfactory or not, so they can pass that requirement if they are successful.
    Last edited by Tdol; 07-Jul-2015 at 08:58. Reason: Fixing link

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    Re: Usage Of "Pass"

    I think the second 'x' in the above URL should be deleted, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Usage Of "Pass"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the second 'x' in the above URL should be deleted, but I am not a teacher.
    You are right Matthew that link is incorrect.
    Try this one instead.

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...n/english/pass

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    Re: Usage Of "Pass"

    I think you should think about someone passing the limit.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Usage Of "Pass"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrfatso View Post
    Look at definition 5.1in the Oxford Dictionary
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...n/english/pass
    But the examples there are 'someone passed someone else' and 'someone was passed' instead of 'someone passed a requirement'.

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    Re: Usage Of "Pass"

    I would use either "If you do not meet the entry level writing requirement ..." (without capital letters) or "If you do not pass the Entry Level Writing Requirement test/exam ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Usage Of "Pass"

    How about 'fulfill the requirement'?

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    Re: Usage Of "Pass"

    It's possible.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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