Phrasal Verb "Walk Past"

by Pablo
(Colombia)

I can't find the expression 'walk past' in the dictionary.


Does it mean to pass something by walking slowly/rapidly or both? Is this a pattern and can it be used with other verbs, for instance, drive/look/talk past?

Here are some examples I thought of:

- I got shouted at, by some idiot, for walking past his house.
- I walk past bars with horrible names like Kaleidoscopes and Marionettes all the time.
- How to walk past someone you work with in the hallways at the office.
- He walked past the beautiful garden where he used to play in his childhood.

Thank you,

Pablo
Hi Pablo, In English we refer to this pairing of words as "phrasal verbs"

Phrasal Verb

verb + adverb particle in this case, "walk past".

Walk past means to change your position in relation to something, by walking. So basically there is an object that you pass as you walk. So you walk past it and it is then behind you.

yes, you can use this pattern with other verbs. There are hundreds of different ones.

Get over, get on, get up, get off, climb over, look past, stretch out etc.

Also, you examples are perfect! Great job!

Cheers!
-Diana

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Jun 25, 2009
past or passed
by: Anonymous

But is it "walk past" or "walk passed"...seems to me, the latter.


You are confusing the verb with the adverb form of "past". The adverb form "past" is another way of saying "beyond" and forms the phrasal verb "walk past".

Look at these two examples:

Do not "pass" the man.

Do not "drive past" the man.


In one case we are saying do not pass the man...using the verb pass, and in the other example we are saying do not "drive past" (drive beyond) the man.

I hope that helps clear things up.

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