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Question for Native Speakers of English

I'm interested in whether the following questions sound all right.

Question 1

Context: You're driving with your family, and you happen to drive right past the place where you used to live.

Your sibling notices and asks, "Didn't we used to live where we just drove past?"

Question 2

Context: You and your friends notice that a police car has just stopped at the place where you think one of your friends lives.

One of your friends turns to you and asks, "Doesn't Sasha live where that police car just stopped at?"


If these sound all right, please let me know. If these don't sound all right, or would sound much better with some extremely minimal change, please let me know that instead.

::insert much academic gratitude here::

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rialian
Oct. 16th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC)
===1:Did we not at one time live at the place we just passed? (or at least fix the spelling of the "past" which should be "passed". I try not to use contractions too much, and the "used" feels wrong to me in this instance...but I speak oddly on occasion.

===2: Sounds odd. However, the sentence is getting in the way of the better way to say it. I am, once again, odd.
ex_desertson422
Oct. 16th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)

"past" is okay in the context she used. It's a homonym, if my grade-school grammar lessons are still correct in the brain -- as in "We drove PAST..." versus "Johnnie's car passed us..."

jalenstrix
Oct. 18th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
or at least fix the spelling of the "past" which should be "passed"

I very much appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions, but I do agree with desertsong here - this is a homophone for the past tense of "pass" (="passed"). "Past" functions quite happily as a preposition, as far as I'm aware.

"The ball sailed right past the window."

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