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pass away vs pass out

Pass away is a phrasal verb. It is used when someone dies.

For example:- After a short illness, he passed away peacefully in the night.

Pass out is also a phrasal verb, but it is used when someone faints or loses consciousness for a short time.

For example:- It was sweltering and she passed out from the heat.


Pass on is sometimes used instead of pass away.

Pass out is also used to describe graduation after Royal Marine Commando training.

For 4 Grandepsoas I'm really glad you didn't pass away
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