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    Passed and past

    I'd be most grateful if you could let me know if the word 'passed' has been used correctly in this sentence.

    Have given up playing on the PS3 as the maid keeps walking passed the telly.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Passed and past

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'd be most grateful if you could let me know if the word 'passed' has been used correctly in this sentence.

    Have given up playing on the PS3 as the maid keeps walking passed the telly.

    Many thanks in advance.

    No, it has to be "past" in this sentence.

    "passed" is only used as the past tense of the verb "to pass".

    The maid passed the telly, but she walked past it.

    buggles(not a teacher)


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    Re: Passed and past

    Here, Past is an adverb of direction, such as "along" or beside" or even "by." Passed is the past tense of the verb "to pass."

    So, to check, try to substitute a similar word:

    I have given up watching my movie because my brother keeps walking by the television.

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