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not put something past someone

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Consider someone capable of doing something, especially something bad. For example, I wouldn't put it past him to tell a lie or two. This expression uses past in the sense of “beyond.” [Late 1800s]

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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