Yay! A fun grammar test!
I found a great test on Grammar Monster where it gives you a paragraph (there are three different paragraphs, so you can do this three times if you like) and you need to choose the correct form of “passed or past” 4-5 times in each paragraph. Check it out.
I am happy to say that even though I thought I was confused, I found that taking this test three times, I didn’t make a single mistake following three simple rules.
Well, of course I am going to tell you…
1. Passed—Almost always means to “go by” something. “I passed the bookstore on my way to school.” It can also mean “I passed an exam” (I got by with a passing grade)
2. Past—Almost always refers to time. “Don’t hate me for past mistakes.”
3. Here’s the tricky one… pay attention. If you have already used a verb that signifies motion, then the second action will be “Past” even if it does not refer to time. “I ran past the bookstore on my way to school.”
Take a look at those side by side to make sure you understand:
“I passed the bookstore on my way to school.”
“I ran past the bookstore on my way to school.”
Ahhhhh. It’s those little subtleties in life that just drive you crazy, don’t they?
I hope this helps!
- By Request: Lay Verses Lie (jennifermeaton.com)