can "pass over" be used intransitively?

EdisonBhola

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Korean
Can "pass over" be used intransitively?
For example, can I write "the plane passed over" instead of "the plane passed over New York"?
 
  • rhitagawr

    Senior Member
    British English
    To pass over on to the other side is a kind of euphemism for to die. It something a spiritualist might say. I'd say it jocularly.
     

    Andygc

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    British English
    Yes, there are many circumstances in which you can use pass over intransitively. However, the bare, context-free sentence "The plane passed over" immediately begs the question "over what?" - as lucas said earlier.
     
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