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I've just entered a rather simple yet confusing sentence.
1.The frog was driven over and dead.
2. The frog was driven over and died.
Which one is correct?
In sentence 1, is it grammatically correct when "dead" shares "was" with "driven over?" I'm asking mainly because the former is an adjective
while the later is part of a passive voice. I assumed sentence 1 won't be acceptable grammatically because it is in conflict with parallelism.
Am I on the right track?
Your explanation and point of view do help a lot!
What about grammatically?
I mean, how should I approach sentence 1 grammatically in order to
lead my students to seeing its flaw in grammar?
I appreciate any suggestion!
Sentence 2. says that the frog was driven over (passive part), and as a result of that it, the frog, died (active part).
You need a verb at the end of the sentence, not an adjective. "died" is a verb and "dead" is an adjective.
What did the frog do? It died. (verb)
You cannot say 'It dead.'
Does that help?
The frog had been driven over and was dead.
You need the two tenses to capture the sequencing; if you leave 'dead' as a simple participle (with no auxiliary), you need to stick with sentence 2.