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Dear Ted:

In your previous message regarding the use of "go past" and "go by," you gave the following example:

ARE YOU GOING by/past/ the supermarket when you visit your mother?

My question is this:

Would the meaning of the sentence change if you had written, "DO YOU GO by/past the supermarket when you visit your mother?" or "WILL YOU GO by/past the supermarket when you visit your mother?"

Thank you.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

n your previous message regarding the use of "go past" and "go by," you gave the following example:

ARE YOU GOING by/past/ the supermarket when you visit your mother?

My question is this:

Would the meaning of the sentence change if you had written, "DO YOU GO by/past the supermarket when you visit your mother?" or "WILL YOU GO by/past the supermarket when you visit your mother?"

*** There is no difference in the meaning.  You have simply changed the tenses.

Ted

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