how to pronounce past


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past is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of past in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… as a premium on the past as a premium on …”

meanings of past


  1. Beyond in place or quantity.
  2. Passing by, especially without stopping or being delayed.
  3. Any number of minutes after the last hour.
  4. No longer capable of.
  5. Having recovered or moved on from (a traumatic experience, etc.).


  1. Having already happened; in the past; finished.
  2. Of a period of time: having just gone by; previous.
  3. Following expressions of time to indicate how long ago something happened; ago.
  4. Of a tense, expressing action that has already happened or a previously-existing state.


  1. The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.
  2. The past tense.


  1. In a direction that passes.


  1. Simple past tense and past participle of pass.

past frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word past occurs in english on average 332.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics past can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that past can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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