General Writing and Grammar Help/Go by - go past


Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "to go BY a place" and "to go PAST a place"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you.


Dear Paolo:


Is there a difference between "to go BY a place" and "to go PAST a place"?

*** There is no difference.


I go BY/PAST the park on my way to work.

If you have gone BY/PAST the bank, you have gone a little too far.

Are you going BY/PAST the supermarket when you visit your mother?


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Ted Nesbitt


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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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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