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  • We just walked/drove past a speed limit sign.
  • We just passed a speed limit sign.
  • We just went by a speed limit sign.
  • We just passed by a speed limit sign.
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These are all common and all correct. –  onomatomaniak Oct 5 '11 at 19:25
    
I would regard "went by a sign" as more American: "went passed a sign" might be more British. –  Henry Oct 5 '11 at 23:43
    
What is the question? Which of these particular 4 is the most common? –  Mitch Nov 10 '11 at 13:04
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As onomatomaniak says, none of them is incorrect, and as far as I've ever heard, none is uncommon.

Walked/drove past, passed, went by, and passed by are all legitimate, understandable, and often used.

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