• 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. – user13141 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

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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