quick question - passed & past

(8 Posts)
TeddTess Tue 26-Jan-16 08:07:37

which of these is correct

As we walked past the girl
As we walked passed the girl

past = time descriptor
pass (ed) = the verb, an action, "to pass"

so surely it would be passed in the above sentence, but i am sure this is wrong. or is my reasoning wrong?

Help!

bittapitta Tue 26-Jan-16 08:10:05

Past is not only a time descriptor but an adverb. In your example "past" is correct.

bittapitta Tue 26-Jan-16 08:10:54

Preposition in fact.

TeddTess Tue 26-Jan-16 08:16:07

thanks

Mashabell Tue 26-Jan-16 08:26:58

As we passed the girl
but
as we went past the girl

lougle Tue 26-Jan-16 08:35:36

We passed the girl and as we went past she smiled.

maizieD Tue 26-Jan-16 14:56:37

'Past' can be used as a preposition 'first past the post', as a noun 'this only happened in the distant past' and as, (I think, but this Y6 grammar malarkey has sapped my confidence sad) an adjective 'the past participle of a verb' (probably in other ways too, but those spring to mind)

'Passed' is the past participle (grin) of the verb 'to pass' and can only be used as such. It's clear in your example that the verb is 'to walk' not 'to pass'.

( a time descriptor :is this one of these technical terms that's knocking my confidence? blush )

TeddTess Thu 28-Jan-16 18:40:30

thanks so much

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