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I’ve heard some people confusing the words past and passed. Here’s the difference between the two.


Past has 3 main meanings:

  • Noun: Past can refer to the time before a person is speaking (In the past, I was much shorter.).
  • Adjective: Past can refer to something having gone by (The danger is now past.).
  • Adverb: Past can refer to passing from one side to another (The dolphin swam past out yacht.).


Passed, on the other hand, is the past tense (See what I did there?) form of “to pass”.

  • The giraffe passed our jeep.

Which words do you confuse? Let me know in the comments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copywriter and copyeditor. I blog on writing tips mostly, but I sometimes throw in my thoughts about running a small business. Follow me on Twitter at @hotpepper.

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