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Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "to GET past a vehicle," and "to GO past a vehicle"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is there a difference between "to GET past a vehicle," and "to GO past a vehicle"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

*** Often, "get" connotes an urgency that is not apparent with "go."  For instance, look
at these two sentences:

The truck is traveling slowly, so I will GO past it.

If I am going to arrive on time, I must GET past the slow moving truck ahead of men.

*** In most instances, however, "go" and "get" mean the same thing.

GOING PAST the slow traffic will help me arrive on time.

GETTING PAST the slow traffic will help me arrive on time.

Ted  

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