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Note 18 – Passed and Past

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link –  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 18, then please read on…

Passed and Past

The words passed and past sometimes cause confusion.  The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal explains that passed is a verb and past is a noun, adjective or preposition.

Passed (verb – to pass)

“She passed me the bread”

“I passed my exam last Thursday”

Past (as a noun)

Definition in  the time before the moment of speaking or writing

“In the past, people used to use pound notes”

“I’ve often wondered what it was like to live in the past

Past (adjective)

Definition in  gone by in time and no longer existing

“The past tense of pass is passed”

“All past students passed their exams”

Past (preposition)

One definition in  beyond in time; later than

“It was half past six before I got home”

My thoughts:  When considering what word to choose when writing, if it’s not a verb, I am assuming that it’s going to be spelt like ‘past’.  I will also be doing a further blog on ‘prepositions’ to make that point a bit clearer.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Until tomorrow…


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Brandon Royal in The Litle Red Writing Book (2004), USA


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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