Learn English – Is it correct to say “have a pass on something” instead of “make a pass on something”


I saw such phrases used by some guy:

make a pass on something


take a pass on something

What I want to convey with this phrase is something like

browse something (like writing or blueprints, etc) from start to end, maybe quickly. Usually aim to correct errors or refine the stuff.

Like in the following sentence:

I just finished my thesis, can you please make a pass on it and correct the grammar errors there?

Somehow I just want to know whether it's also correct to say

have a pass on something.

Is it okay to put it this way? Or it's mostly unseen before?

Best Answer

No, that’s not an idiomatic way of asking for people to help make improvements to something like a thesis.

Consider proofreading or review instead. If you want something quick, you can ask someone to “look it over”.

proofread verb Read (printer's proofs or other written or printed material) and mark any errors. ‘Final drafts of essays, assignments and lab reports are reviewed and proofread by highly knowledgable graduate students with refined writing skills.’ - ODO

review verb 1 Assess (something) formally with the intention of instituting change if necessary. ‘Every UK local authority website is reviewed and assessed against e-government and good practice criteria.’ - ODO

look-over noun A quick inspection of something; a survey. ‘Most applications get a look-over for quality control by programmer colleagues.’ - ODO