Misused Words

Passed and Past

Passed, a verb, means to go by, to move on, to go from one to another, or to become law.

The couple passed homeless children on the street.
The town council passed a law that all dogs must wear tags.

Past, an adjective or a noun, means gone by (adjective), or time gone by (noun).

The past year was an uneventful one for the family despite the recession. (adjective)
One cannot dwell on the mistakes of the past. (noun)
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The (passed, past) cannot be changed, so let us concentrate on the present.

(2) On his way home at night he was scared because he (passed, past) a cemetery.

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