pass / pass by / go by [time]

sunyaer

Senior Member
Chinese
This is a sentence I made up myself.

“March Break is passing / passing by / going by very quickly. We’ll go back to school tomorrow.”

Do “passing”, “passing by” and “going by” all work in the above sentence?
 
  • Sun14

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    How about the differences in these four sentences:

    1) I went past the flower store on my way to school.

    2) I passed by the flower store on my way to school.

    3) I went by the flower store on my way to school.

    4) I pasted the flower store on my way to school.

    Thoughts and context: On my way to school is a flower store. I didn't stop when I see it next to me.
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    If you correct your typing error (pasted => passed), they can all have the same meaning. But 2 and 3 may also mean I stopped to buy something at the flower store on my way to school, so you should avoid those as you didn't stop.
     
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