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pastpreposition, adverb

uk /pɑːst/ us /pæst/

past preposition, adverb (POSITION)

A2 in or to a position that is further than a particular point

I live on Station Road, just past the post office. 我住在車站路,就在郵局過去一點。
Three boys went past us on mountain bikes. 三個男孩騎著越野自行車從我們身邊經過。
Was that Peter who just jogged past in those bright pink shorts? 那個穿亮粉色短褲、剛從我們身邊慢跑過去的人是彼得嗎?

More examples

  • She walked right past me without noticing me.
  • As the battleship sailed past, everyone on deck waved.
  • Back in the 1960s he had hair down past his shoulders.
  • The police car drove past at a terrific speed.
  • The demonstrators formed a solid wall to stop the police from getting past them.

past preposition, adverb (TIME)

A1 used to say what the time is when it is a particular number of minutes after an hour

It's five/ten/a quarter/twenty/twenty-five/half past three. 現在是3點5分/10分/一刻/20分/25分/半。
I need to leave at twenty past or I'll miss that train. 過了20分我就得走,不然就趕不上火車了。

B2 above a particular age or further than a particular point

She's past the age where she needs a babysitter. 她已經過了需要有人照顧的年紀。
Do what you want, I'm past caring (= I don't care any longer). 你想做甚麼就做甚麼吧,我已經不在乎了。


uk /pɑːst/ us /pæst/

past adjective (TIME BEFORE)

B1 [ before noun ] used to refer to a period of time before and until the present

The average temperature worldwide has risen by about one degree Fahrenheit in the past 100 years. 在過去的100年內,全世界的平均氣溫已上升了大約華氏一度。
I've been walking three miles a day for the past 30 years. 在過去的30年裡我每天都步行三英哩。
He was the fifth climber to die on these mountains over the past two days. 他是過去兩天內第五個死在這些山上的登山客。
In centuries/years past (= many centuries/years ago) even visiting the next village was considered a long journey. 數個世紀/數年前,連到鄰村去都被視為一次長途跋涉。

B1 [ before noun ] having happened or existed before now

I know from past experience that you can't judge by appearances. 我憑以往的經驗知道不能以貌取人。
The prime minister's family have been instructed not to discuss his past life with the press. 首相的家人被吩咐不要和媒體談及他過去的生活。

[ after verb ] finished

I'm feeling much better now that the cold weather is past. 冷天過去了,我現在感覺好多了。

More examples

  • The dog has been her constant companion these past ten years.
  • I'm sorry I didn't phone you, but I've been very busy over the past couple of weeks.
  • Martin broke his leg playing football and has been on crutches for the past six weeks.
  • Economically the country has been improving steadily these past ten years.
  • The number of employees in the company has trebled over the past decade.

past adjective (GRAMMAR)

[ before noun ] language of the past tense

"Must" does not have a past form. must 沒有過去式

More examples

  • Add -ed to all these verbs to put them in the past tense.
  • I think her husband must be dead - she always talks about him in the past tense.
  • How do you say that in the past tense?
  • "Was doing" is the past continuous form of the verb.
  • The past perfect is illustrated by 'had done'.

pastnoun [ S ]

uk /pɑːst/ us /pæst/

past noun [ S ] (TIME BEFORE)

B1 the period before and until, but not including, the present time

Evolution can explain the past, but it can never predict the future. 進化能解釋過去,但永遠無法預知未來。
In the past, this sort of work was all done by hand. 在過去,這種工作完全是人工完成的。
By winning the 1500 metres, he joins some of the great names of the past. 贏得1500公尺比賽的冠軍後,他已經能夠與昔日的一些偉大運動員並駕齊驅。
a past

a part of someone's life in which they did unacceptable or dishonest things

He's a man with a past. 他有一段不光彩的過去。

More examples

  • Some of the younger pop bands try to imitate their musical heroes from the past.
  • In the past, knights used to wear (suits of) armour in battle.
  • Giving up your seat to an older person seems to be a thing of the past.
  • Today, people are much more concerned about their health than they were in the past.
  • He decided to put his failed marriage behind him and make a clean break with the past.

past noun [ S ] (GRAMMAR)

A2 language the form of a verb used to describe actions, events, or states that happened or existed before the present time

The past of "change" is "changed". change 的過去式是 changed。

(Translation of “past” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)