pass by vs. go by [time]


Senior Member
Chinese - Hong Kong
As time "passed by" or "went by", she grew into a young beautiful and elegant big girl.

Are they both correct? If so, which one is more common in colloquial English? Thank you.
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I agree with Keith, that both are correct. Without the benefit of Ngram, I am going by my "ear" and it says "go/went" are much preferred.

    On the other hand, "passed by" sounds like "missed opportunities".

    "While her classmates all went on to successful careers or marriages, for her, it all seemed to have passed by."
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