Passed vs Past or a #grammar nazi’s lament.

Courtesy of Daily Writing Tips


Past – relates to location

The word past locates something in time, and sometimes in space. It can be
used as an adjective, noun, or adverb.


Passed – a verb in the past tense

Passed is the past participle of the verb “to pass”. It can be an intransitive verb (one which doesn’t require an object) or a transitive verb (one which requires both a subject and one or more objects).


Passed vs Past – how I hate thee. I’m a card-carrying grammar nazi. I will roll my eyes if you don’t know the difference (or care) between ‘you’re’ and ‘your’. Really? One is possessive – you figure out which one. Boy, I’m grumpy about this subject, but I fell victim to a common mistake just the other day on facebook.



Yes, I’m embarrassed. A friend didn’t let me live it down, either.


(I curse him.)

Who vs Whom

Among vs Amongst

You’re vs Your

Their vs There…also They’re

It’s honestly not that hard, unless you’re in middle school, apparently, but I admit to flubbing every once in a while. Enhale and inhale – I hate that one, too. For months on no one stopped and corrected me on that one. I had a character who smoked like a chimney so you know I used that word a MILLION TIMES. I went back and fixed all the errors and had my web person add a spell checker (before the red squiggly line of foxfire for me). And another favorite – ‘I could care less’ vs ‘I could not care less’. Ugh, I do that one a lot. Irregardless vs regardless – same thing.




See, now I need a drink.

Find me at Twitter and Facebook


  1. jwestbooks
    May 21, 2013

    I found your blog through the WLC Blog Follows program, and I am glad I did :)
    It is really nice to meet you!
    James A. West

    • Roz Hartmann
      May 21, 2013

      Hey thanks, James! Just went over to your blog and I’m following you! Thanks for coming by!

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.