General Writing and Grammar Help/Walk on by


Dear Ted:

What does "to walk on by" mean?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use this phrase correctly?

Thank you.


Dear Paolo:

What does "to walk on by" mean?

It means "to pass by" or "ignore" someone or something.


I do not want to be bothered by anyone, so, if you see me, please walk on by.

In the Biblical story about the good Samaritan, several people noticed an injured
man lying by the side of the road, and they just walked on by.  The good Samaritan,
however, helped the poor man.


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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.


I have been one of the highest-ranked volunteers in this category for more than a decade.

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

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