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    the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    When somebody passes away and you wish to inform others about the news, do you refer to it as "the passing of Mr. xxxx" or "the passing on of Mr. xxx"? Or can the two be used interchangeably?
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    Re: the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    Mr. X has passed away.

    At least we can say that Mr. X's death was peaceful/Mr. X's passing was peaceful.
    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: the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    Please, can we say that Mr.X's dying was peaceful?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Feb-2016 at 09:40. Reason: Deleting quote.

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    Re: the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    We can say that lyfen, but it's not colloquial.

    'Mr, X's death was peaceful' is more natural.

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    Re: the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    My original question has not been answered yet - "the passing of" or the "passing on of".
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    #6

    Re: the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    Use either. Click

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    Re: the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    My original question has not been answered yet - "the passing of" or the "passing on of".
    If I were actually giving the news, I would say "I am sad to have to inform you of the death of Mr XXX".
    I might use "passing" in other ways. "When the media were reporting on David Bowie's passing, they screened hours of unseen concert footage".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 02-Feb-2016 at 11:21.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    So that is a rather formal way of saying it.
    I think it is used more often in news and obituaries.
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    Re: the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We can say that lyfen, but it's not colloquial.

    'Mr, X's death was peaceful' is more natural.
    ok, I understand, thank you.

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    Re: the passing of Mr xxx/the passing on of Mr xxx

    Quote Originally Posted by lyfen View Post
    OK, I understand, Thank you.
    You're welcome, but a click on Thank would have sufficed.

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