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.


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.



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



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




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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