Grammar Tidbits: Passed vs Past and Other Confusing Words
In my editing endeavors recently, I’ve encountered a lot of words that spellcheck doesn’t always catch and so it prompted me to share a few of them with you.
Passed (verb) vs Past (preposition or adverb):
- The time has passed for you to submit the rebuttal.
- That event happened in the past.
- I passed by the door on the way to the bathroom.
- I walked past the door.
- Two is a number (2) — I have two cycling friends.
- Too means ‘also’ — I have to invite my cycling friends to the event, too.
Four vs For:
- Four is a number (4) — She has four brothers.
- For is a preposition (or conjunction) — She needs her brothers for protection.
Peace (noun; uncountable) vs Piece (noun; countable):
- The peace between the cats and dogs lasted until the treats were devoured.
- Mom won’t get a moment’s peace until Dad gets home and can watch the baby.
- Meditation helps reach a peace of mind.
- She used four pieces of paper.
- The musicians separated the sheet music into separate pieces.
- Can you give me a piece of advice, please?
Of course there is their/there, too, and so many others. I’m sure you come across many in your daily reading.