In the past, this might have passed

In the past, before I became obsessed with documenting some of the mistakes on Yahoo! (no one, not even me, could address all of them), I might have dashed past this error from Yahoo! Shine:

passed shine

The word passed is the past tense of the verb pass; the adverb the writer should have used is past.

This passed by the writer, who looked past the error

I’ve read that there are people who confuse the past tense of pass with past. But I didn’t believe it until I encountered this from Yahoo! Finance‘s “The Daily Ticker”:

The writer should have used past, which means, among other things, “beyond in position, farther than.”

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