come by /pass by/ go past

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    Senior Member
    American English
    A common interpretation:

    Your mother came by here two hours ago. (Your mother probably stopped in.)
    Your mother passed by here two hours ago. (Your mother walked or drove or bicycled or skateboarded by here without stopping.)

    Note: When you say "it says something like," then we want to know what "it" is, like a textbook.
     

    Gabriel Malheiros

    Senior Member
    Portuguese - Brazil
    I am sorry for the mistake. What I meant was: "and something like '...' Can I say that?" ... Anyway.. Thank you for the answer!
     

    Yavor

    Member
    Bulgarian - Bulgaria
    Hello!

    I would like to ask if "past" and "by" are interchangeable and if not - how is it determined which one is to be used?

    Take the following example:

    I go past here everyday on my way to work.
    I go by here everyday on my way to work.
     
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