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U.S. Citizenship


 

 


 

 

 1. They took a walk past the park, but they didn't go there.

family walking

 2. He drove his car past the mountains on his way to the ocean.

man driving

 

 3. If you go past the store, could you please stop and get some tomatoes?

 

 

tomatoes

4. It's five minutes past 11:00.

 

clock

 5. It's way past his bedtime, but he wants to stay up and watch TV.

 

boy watching TV

 6. She has to work past midnight tonight.

 

nurse

 7. Your mind will stay fresh past the age of 70 if you keep learning new things.

 

woman reading

 8. It's not a good idea to drink or use milk that is past the expiration date.

 

milk

 

 9. The main objective in soccer is to get the ball past your opponents and into the net.

 

soccer player

Note: The words "past" and "passed" sound exactly the same, and they are sometimes used in similar ways. For example:

  • She is past the age of retirement. ("Past" is used as a preposition to indicate the passage of time.)
  • She has passed the age of retirement. (The verb "pass" is in the form of the present participle in the present perfect tense.)
  • He got the ball past the goalkeeper. (The word "past" is used as a preposition along with the verb "get.")
  • The ball passed by the goalkeeper. (The verb "pass" is in the past tense in this sentence.)

Wow! English is confusing sometimes!

 

 

 

 

 

Prepositions

about 

above 

across 

after  

along 

amid  

among 

around 

at

before 

below  

beside 

beyond 

but  

by 

despite  

down  

except  

for

in

inside  

into 

near 

of

off 

on

onto 

out

over 

past 

per  

to

under 

until  

upon  

via  

with 

within 

 

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