I was struck by this example of the Queen’s English in her Christmas message containing a form of words that would have been incorrect if spoken by anyone else:
"This past year has been one of great celebration for many. The enthusiasm which greeted the Diamond Jubilee was, of course, especially memorable for me and my family. It was humbling that so many chose to mark the anniversary of a duty which passed to me 60 years ago.”
Loc: Alexandria, VA
I'll take a stab and say it's "a duty which passed to me 60 years ago.”
With anyone else, the more correct verbiage probably should be "a duty which was passed to me" -- more of a bequeathment from one to another rather than an inherent acquisition of power (or title, or whatever) ...
"If it turns out that President Barack Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hard-line, unreasonable, totalitarian mullahs in the world but not with Republicans? Maybe he’s not the problem."
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