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Passed vs. Past

April 2018
Spot the Error

The book I borrowed from the library is passed due.

Passed is the past tense of the verb pass. Past, on the other hand, can be used as an adjective, adverb, preposition, or noun, but never a verb.

In the “library” sentence above, “due” is an adjective. The word before it is an adverb describing “due.” Since that word is an adverb and NOT a verb, the appropriate word is past.

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