Past vs. Passed
What is the difference?
are two commonly
in the English
language. When do you use each one?
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Although they are spelled differently, past
pronounced exactly the same way. But their meanings are very different!
In fact, they are not even the same part
. Let's look at some examples and explanations so
that you understand how to use each one correctly.
that means a time that came before the present.
Anything that happened before this very moment, happened in the past!
You've seen this word before because you've studied the simple
and other past tenses.
is a product of their past.
We are all influenced by our experiences.
- The things that
happened before the present have an effect on us.
- It's very interesting to find out about a friend's past. What was their
life like before you knew them?
interesting to learn about what a friend experienced before now.
- Kelly hates history class. She thinks the past is boring. She
wants to know about the future!
- Kelly isn't interested in learning about what happened a long time
- In the past,
ancient civilizations like the Egyptians wrote their history in
hieroglyphics, or symbolic pictures.
- A long
time ago, ancient cultures wrote differently.
form of the verb "pass".
It is the simple past, because this verb is
"Pass" means to go by (for an object like a car, or for time).
It is also the past
of the verb "pass". We use this in the present
and the passive
, for example.
Did you ever feel like time passed
slowly when you were waiting in the doctor's office?
- The orange race car has passed the green
one, and it is now in the lead!
orange car is going very fast, and it went by the green one.
- Two years passed
before they finally found her missing earring!
years went by before they found it.
- Time passed
so quickly while I was on vacation. It was amazing!
seemed to go by very fast during my vacation.
- As she passed
the desk, Mindy saw that there was still a lot of work to finish!
- As she walked by the desk, she saw that there was a lot of work left.
Remember that past
is a noun
It talks about all time before the present.
the other hand, is a form of the verb
"pass". We use it in verb tenses like the past simple or the present
perfect. It means "go by" and can talk about objects, people, or time.
Even though these two words are used and spelled differently, they
are pronounced the same. But now that you've seen these examples, you
won't be confused!
That's all there is to it!
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