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Which of the following is correct?

  • “The past is past.”
  • “The past is passed.”

Both seem plausible to me.

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Hmm what with this community edit, I'm not sure I understand the question any more. Great question anyway. –  Cerberus Apr 1 '12 at 17:37
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It's passed (passed by us, over, finished). It's entirely correct, although rather archaic to conjugate pass with be.

The past is passed, the future is now is apparently a quote from Joe Dirt, but it's rather like Shakespeare's Tempest:

Whereof what's past is prologue; what to come, In yours and my discharge.

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Could be past.

The past is past, the future unformed. — William Gibson (from All Tomorrow's Parties)‎

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