pass away / pass out

You definitely don’t want to get these two phrasal verbs confused!

Pass away is an indirect way to say someone died:

  • My grandfather passed away yesterday. The funeral is this weekend.
  • Rachel passed away after a long battle with cancer.

    Pass out has two meanings:

    1. To lose consciousness

    He was so exhausted and dehydrated that he passed out.

    She passed out after drinking an entire bottle of wine.

    2. To distribute

    The teacher passed out the worksheets to the students.

    There’s a guy passing out brochures for the new cafe on the street corner.