Go by/pass by/go past/come by.

J. Invincible

Hello guys,

I have found plenty of information in previous threads here about this issue, but none is helpful.
Could you explain the difference between them in usage? It would really help me.

Massive thanks.
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    In this context, past and by have the same meaning. Go and come have their habitual meanings.

    Is there some specific sentence you can give us where that answer doesn't suffice?


    Senior Member
    English - England
    Go by / pass by / go past / come by

    This is not a straightforward question. Between them, these phrases have so many colloquial usages, in different contexts, that it would be too complicated to try and explain them all in one thread.

    Can you be more specific about the context you have in mind?
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