Thursday, 31 March 2011

English Lessons - Indianisms: Pass Out, Graduate

When you complete your studies at an educational institution, you 'graduate' from that institution. You do not 'pass out' from that institution. 

To 'pass out' refers to losing consciousness when intoxicated. You cannot equate this to 'graduate', though you may use the word 'pass' when referring to your performance in a test.


Wrong: I passed out from XYZ University in 2004.
Correct: I graduated from XYZ University in 2004.

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