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    Default Be + adjective and past participle ?

    1) I was pleasant and cooperative.
    2) I was pleasant and cooperated.

    I think that above two sentences are correct.
    But SomeBody told me that second sentence is incorrect.

    Why is second sentence incorrect? It's difficult for me.

    Thanks to read my writing.

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    Default Re: Be + adjective and past participle ?

    "and" joins two like forms. The adjective "pleasant" and the past tense verb "cooperated" are different:

    Adjective: I was pleasant.
    Verb: I cooperated.

    Try,

    EX: I was pleasant and I cooperated.

    By leaving out "I" sentence 2) reads like this,

    I was pleasant and I *was cooperated. (ungrammatical)

    All the best,

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    Default Re: Be + adjective and past participle ?

    What about this?

    The boss asked me to work late. I was compliant and agreed. or this: I was bold and stood up to him. or: I was deceitful and lied about it. Sorry, Casi, I don't think that this is a case of non-parallel structure. I think that both of the original sentences are correct, albeit with slightly different meanings. Think about these extensions of those sentences:

    Sentence 1. I was pleasant and cooperated. I had no choice.

    Sentence 2. I was pleasant and cooperative, but this time I'd had enough.

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    Default Re: Be + adjective and past participle ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mykwyner
    I don't think that this is a case of non-parallel structure.
    Yes, I understand, Mike, and even agree with you, but . . . acccording to Isujang, "SomeBody" else did think that.

    Quote Originally Posted by isujang
    But SomeBody told me that second sentence is incorrect.
    All the best,

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