The word 'past' means, past >adjective 1 gone by in time and no longer existing. The word 'pass' means: pass >verb 1 move or go onward, past, through, or across Both words have several meanings, however; the past tense of 'pass' is 'passed,' yet if you read a book, you will probably NOT find the word 'passed'. The word used for 'to cross paths' will ALWAYS be 'past'. WHY!? I understand that 'past' can mean 'passed,' but it seems to me that it would be more explicit if one were to use 'past' to refer to time, and 'passed' to refer to the action of moving in front of someone. Is there a rule when publishing a book that you are not allowed to use the word 'passed'? The definition of 'that' is: that >pronoun & >determiner (pl. those) 1 used to identify a specific person or thing observed or heard by the speaker. >conjunction 1 introducing a subordinate clause These are two different words. One is a conjunction and another is a pronoun. So using the words consecutively in a sentence, (For example, "I wish that that guy would shut up,") is technically CORRECT. The only problem is that it is a bit. . . monotonous. A good way to avoid it is changing the entire sentence structure, or simply finding a different way to phrase that bit: "I wish that the guy standing over there would shut up," or, "I wish that he would shut up," or, "I wish that the man in the hat would shut up". I don't see any excuse for published books when they use the words 'that' and 'that' back to back. Mostly novice writers, but many experienced writers make this mistake: Why don't you try and jump over that rock. Instead, it should be, "Why don't you try to jump over that rock?" I may have experienced this once in a real book, but I have CERTAIN seen this in many novice writings, where a verb at the end of a quotation will change every sentence: "I think you're an idiot," Jacob said. "Well, I never dated an underage girl, Jacob!" Matt shouted. "Alright, chill out," Jacob sighed. "Fine, but don't call me an idiot," breathed Matt. "Sorry," Jacob apologized remorsefully. "It's alright," Matt replied with a nod. Holy cow! It is not that it leaves nothing to the imagination, but because it is just bloody superfluous! Anyway, anybody have more pet peeves?