English as a Second Language/Passed/past


Help. How do I know which to use inI this sentence

"He walked past the store"
Or He walked passed the store"

Past is such as already happened? Passed is to pass?

It's confusing because "past" can be an adjective, an adverb a noun or a preposition.  To make it easy, remember that you can only have one verb per clause/sentence.  In your example, "walked" is the main verb, so "passed" (as in SP of To Pass), will not work.  Since, in your example, "past" does not really modify the verb as much as it does where "He" was in relation to the store, it is a preposition.

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Christopher M Salisbury


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