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    #1

    Smile pass/overtake the car

    The road was so narrow that we couldn't pass/overtake the car in front of us.


    Do both pass and overtake in the above convey the same idea to you? Are there more alternatives? Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: pass/overtake the car

    Yes. In this sence, both pass and overtake convey the same idea.
    As for alternatives, you would usually hear:
    The road was so narrow that we couldn't get past the car in front of us.

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    #3

    Re: pass/overtake the car

    Thanks, Niall, for your clear reply.
    I like your version--we couldn't get past the car in front of us.
    It sounds very colloquial to me, doesn't it?


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    Re: pass/overtake the car

    Your welcome.
    And yes. It is what I would usually say as a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: pass/overtake the car

    Got it.
    Thanks again, Niall.

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