@16. How does Greg’s comment not work? It’s grammatically correct, as well as the correct spelling. “Past” in his sentence is functioning as an adverb, modifying “walk”, whereas Natalie’s sentence attempts to make it function as a past-tense verb, which fails. The past tense (haha ‘past’ as an adjective!)of pass is “passed”.
@ boz, oh goody, this is my favourite one – ‘lie’ is an intransitive verb, which means it doesn’t take an object, just a subject. e.g. ‘Where shall I lie?’. ‘Lay’ is a transitive verb that needs an object, e.g., ‘Lay down your guns and don’t shoot me for being a grammar nerd’.
…sorry everyone, it’s 4.44 a.m, I’m a bit delirious.
p.s. I don’t want to be spoder anymore, I want to be foolishwolf. I love that name. (*gazes up, wistfully*)
I agree with everything you’ve said (in this thread, not in life, I don’t know you). But Mel was right in that as soon as you take the “walked” out, “past” becomes “passed”. I’ve just realized how cool I am having this conversation