Common Errors in English: Pass Time / Spend Time

Don’t say: “I pass a lot of time reading.”

Say: “I spend a lot of time reading.”

Use “spend time” to talk about the time you do an activity.

The expression pass the time is different – it means doing something to make the time pass faster while you are waiting for something else, for example, “I look at the magazines to pass the time while waiting for my appointment at the dentist’s office.”

 

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