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Dear Ted:

I'm getting back to you because I don't understand what you mean by "They are different uses of "getting past" in different settings."

Would you please explain it further?

Thank you,


Dear Paolo:

I shouldn't have included the two sentences, but you often ask me for examples.  

Your question had to do with someone walking or going or getting past something else.

I was trying to show you that "getting past" is often used in situations that have nothing to do with a person walking -- or a person performing any other kind of "movement."

For instance, you can GET PAST some event or ordeal in your life.  EXAMPLE:  Once I GET PAST the next exam, the rest of my math course will be easy.

GET PAST often means "overcome."


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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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