Example sentences for: pasts

How can you use “pasts” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • To an economist, it's clear why people with limited sexual pasts choose to supply too little sex in the present: Their services are underpriced.

  • Quieter and more evocative than in the high season, when teeming with camera-toting tourists, they're more likely to reveal their secrets, their pasts, and their intentions.

  • All these problems--along with the case for subsidies--would vanish if our sexual pasts could somehow be made visible, so that future partners could reward past prudence and thereby provide appropriate incentives.

  • A few defend Morris: His unorthodox technique captures Reagan's contradictions and makes for "a very strange, very interesting, very exasperating book, full to bursting of both lies and honesty" that calls to mind some of fiction's most masterful unreliable narrators, such as "the madness of Nabokov's Charles Kinbote" (Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker ). Christopher Lehmann-Haupt writes a solidly positive review: "I can think of few conventional political biographies that bring their subjects' pasts so richly alive" (the New York Times ). But the Times ' other reviewer voices the conventional wisdom, calling it "a bizarre, irresponsible and monstrously self-absorbed book" (Michiko Kakutani).

  • Bilingual and multilingual communities are often the product (in part at least) of colonial pasts, as in the Philippines, Malaysia, and India, but not always: they can also be the outcome of simple proximity, as when Mexican Spanish and American English come intimately together in a Texas supermarket:

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