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    Is this wrong ?

    I found the following sentence in an English book "I decided to give it all up and change my life dramatically three years ago". Is it correct to use "change" here ? I think it should be "changed".
    Could you please help me understand that usage ? My teacher read the passage containing that sentence but she has had no idea.
    Thank you so much !

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    Re: Is this wrong ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    I found the following sentence in an English book "I decided to give it all up and change my life dramatically three years ago". Is it correct to use "change" here ? I think it should be "changed".
    Could you please help me understand that usage ? My teacher read the passage containing that sentence but she has had no idea.
    Thank you so much !
    You could actually use either!

    I decided to give it all up and to change my life... (here, the decision was to do two things: to give up and to change)

    I decided to give it all up, and I changed my life... (here, the person actually went ahead and changed their life as a result of making a decision to give it all up).

    With the first sentence, you don't actually know if the speaker did in fact go ahead with their plan after making the decision.
    With the second, it's clear that the speaker did change their life.

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    Re: Is this wrong ?

    What a great explanation !
    Thank you so much. Now I understand it.

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    Re: Is this wrong ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    I found the following sentence in an English book "I decided to give it all up and change my life dramatically three years ago". Is it correct to use "change" here ? I think it should be "changed".
    Could you please help me understand that usage ? My teacher read the passage containing that sentence but she has had no idea.
    Thank you so much !
    Hello,
    My explanation:
    You say : I decided to give it all up and (to) change......
    Although you do not use it (the second "to", I mean) here, which is correct, implicitly is there. We see that the sentence is linked with the conjunction "and" that allows us to do it.
    Direct Object: "to give it all up and to change..." // What did you decide? I decide to change my life and ( to ) give it all up...."

    Neither a teacher nor a native English speaker.

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