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VOCABULARY BOOST: PASS

The next word in our vocabulary boost series is PASS. PASS is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of spend, live, have or give. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using PASS.

VOCABULARY BOOST- PASS

As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.

 

Collocations:

To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Pass the exam/test

Pass the course

Pass your driving test

Pass a landmark – go passed something without stopping

Pass the buck – not take responsibility for something

Pass for something – be taken for something

Pass the milk/water/bread – hand over to someone

A ski pass

A bus pass

Make a pass at someone – flirt with someone

Get a pass grade in

Get the pass mark in

Pass the ball to a teammate

Have a 5-day pass

Make a pass at

A mountain pass – path/route

Time passes slowly/quickly

(2 or 3 years) have passed

Password

 

Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Pass out – faint

It was so hot that the kids were about to pass out

Pass away – die (normally as a result of old age)

My grandfather passed away at the age of 88

Pass through – travel across

We will not stay the night here; we are just passing through the region

Pass up on – not choose

We passed up (on) the opportunity to buy the house as the price was too high

Pass around – distribute

When you have looked at the document, you should pass it around the room

Pass by – miss an opportunity

It is an opportunity that you shouldn´t let pass by

Pass by – visit briefly

We passed my Maria´s house before going out

Pass on – die

The patient passed on at about 6pm

Pass on – give a message to someone

Could you pass on a message to your boss, please?

Pass off as – be mistaken for

He passed off as a tourist

 

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To learn how to use PASS you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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