English Preposition Past
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Grammar Prepositions- Lesson Fifty Two

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Past preposition in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

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1. They took a walk past the park, but they didn’t go there.

2. He drove his car past the mountains on his way to the ocean.

3. If you go past the store, could you please stop and get some tomatoes?

4. It’s five minutes past 11:00.

5. It’s way past his bedtime, but he wants to stay up and watch TV.

6. She has to work past midnight tonight.

7. Your mind will stay fresh past the age of 70 if you keep learning new things.

8. It’s not a good idea to drink or use milk that is past the expiration date.

9. The main objective in soccer is to get the ball past your opponents and into the net.


Note: The words “past” and “passed” sound exactly the same, and they are sometimes used in similar ways. For example:

She is past the age of retirement. (“Past” is used as a preposition to indicate the passage of time.)
She has passed the age of retirement. (The verb “pass” is in the form of the present participle in the present perfect tense.)
He got the ball past the goalkeeper. (The word “past” is used as a preposition along with the verb “get.”)
The ball passed by the goalkeeper. (The verb “pass” is in the past tense in this sentence.)

English is confusing sometimes!


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