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Please help choose: past or passed. The newly-crowned first king of Italy announced, "The time of the Roman Empire is _____."

(Please pretend the king spoke English.) I'm writing a transcript of a spoken recording (not about Rome), and I don't know which word was said, but I must use one of the two. The speaker definitely said is, not has. Other questions I've found here about past and passed don't quite have this context.

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You should choose 'past'. 'Passed' is the past participle of the verb 'pass' and would have been preceded by 'has'; 'past' can be an adjective meaning 'gone by in time and no longer existing', or 'finished', e.g. the danger is now past.

Past (Cambridge Dictionary)

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