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    using 'was' two times?

    Hello!

    I am doing my syntax homework, and I am not completely sure whether both are correct or not.

    ...he was defrauding the company and stealing money.
    and/or
    ...he was defrauding the company and was stealing money.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: using 'was' two times?

    They're both fine. I prefer the first.

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    Exclamation Re: using 'was' two times?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    They're both fine. I prefer the first.
    I agree with konungursvia. You can have a compound predicate with a common subject and helping verb. Here is another simple example: He was sitting and reading a news paper

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