Commonly confused words:  past / passed

Past  has three different meanings.

1. Past can be a noun, meaning "what has already happened."



2.  Past can be an adjective, meaning "gone by" or "ended."





3. Past can be a preposition, meaning "beyond" or "by."



Review:  Past can be an noun, adjective, or preposition. 

                 Past is never a verb.


Passed is always a verb.

Passed is formed by adding -ed to the present tense verb, pass.

It indicates the past tense of  pass.

   Example of passed as the verb in a sentence


   Example of passed preceded by an auxiliary verb



Remember:     Past is never a verb.


                           Passed is always a verb.

Now try Exercise #1 on past / passed.