Did someone just ‘walked passed’ you or ‘walk past’ you? You might be wondering which of these phrases is the correct one. We’ll answer that in this article, plus teach you how to pronounce the phrase and use it in a sentence correctly.
In short, the correct one is:
Therefore, you should avoid using the latter in your writing or in your everyday speech. It's incorrect and ungrammatical.
The English language is full of words tricky words and phrases that might be a little confusing.
‘Walk past’ is often incorrectly written as ‘walked passed,’ but that’s incorrect.
Instead, opt for the correct version, ‘walk past.’
If you’re walking down the street and you pass by a dollar store, you’ve just ‘walked past’ a dollar store.
The short answer? No.
‘Walk past’ is the correct way to say you’re walking by someone or something.
‘Walk pass’ isn’t acceptable in the English language because it’s ungrammatical.
You can ‘walk past’ something but not ‘walk pass’ it. You can also say that you 'walked past' something (past tense). They can be considered homophones.
Remember, 'passed' is the past tense of 'pass.' 'Past' is a different word entirely.
You already know that the phrase means to pass something by, but let’s take a closer look at the official dictionary definition.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘walk’ is to move forward on foot or advance by taking steps.
It could also mean to come or go easily or readily and to go for a walk.
Some people might ‘walk past’ something while walking for exercise.
In the legal industry, walk could mean avoiding criminal prosecution or conviction.
Other definitions include walkout, pursuing a course of action or way of life, being in association with someone, or roaming or wandering.
The definition of ‘past’ is ago, just gone or elapsed. It also means having existed or taken place in a period of time before the present time, after, beyond, time gone by, or beyond the capacity, range, or sphere of.
Are you wondering how to pronounce this phrase? Here’s a quick guide.
Now that you know how to pronounce the phrase and what it means, let’s take a look at some examples of how to use it in a sentence.
To recap, we learned that the correct way to say or write this phrase is:
That means you should avoid using ‘walked passed’ in any way in your writing or everyday speech.
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