Which one of the following sentences grammatically to correct?

I saw a man who passed in the front of house by running.

I saw a man who passed running in front of the house.

or I can only use an adverb as in the following.

I saw man who passed very fast in front of the house .

  • I'd write: I saw a man passing from the front of my house running! – Maulik V Apr 25 '16 at 12:02
  • When we say X passed by [Y] the implication is almost always passed slowly by, so it's not idiomatic to include any adjectival modifier denoting "rapidity". If the "passing by" happens very quickly, you'd probably use a different verb, such as flashed by. Or in your context, a man ran past the house. – FumbleFingers Apr 25 '16 at 13:08

All of your sentences are grammatically correct, except the last which should say "a man" and not "man".

However, keep in mind that another meaning of pass (which can also be the phrasal verb pass away but away is optional) can be a polite form of "die".

I'm sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing yesterday.

A way to make it clear that you don't mean this is to say pass by and keep the by prepositional phrase close to the verb, if there is one:

I saw a man who passed by running in the front of house

I saw a man who passed by the front of the house, running.

I saw a man who passed by very fast in front of the house.

Basically, you can treat pass by like a phrasal verb.

Of couse, earlier context may make it 100% clear that you are talking about a person moving past a house and not dying, so one might say passed and not passed by, but it's good to include it if someone may not know the context for clarity.

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