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    Verb "evolve"

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. I am concerned about my second sentence. Do I need another verb after "to" or the sentence is correct as it is? Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. John has evolved from being shy and anxious to becoming self-confident and relaxed.
    2. David has evolved over time from being a religious zealot to an atheist.

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    Re: Verb "evolve"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. I am concerned about my second sentence. Do I need another verb after "to" or is the sentence is correct as it is? Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. John has evolved from being shy and anxious to becoming self-confident and relaxed.
    2. David has evolved over time from being a religious zealot to an atheist.
    Neither is natural. In the first, he evolves from a state ("being shy") to an action ("becoming self-confident"), which doesn't work; he should evolve from one state or condition to another. The second has a similar parallelism error; the before and after states should be structured similarly. He could evolve from being a zealot to being an atheist, or he could evolve from a zealot to ​an atheist.
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    GoesStation,

    Thank you for your help. The problem is that a dictionary does not mention anything about a parallelism when using the word "evolve". I am grateful that you mentioned it in your post. I am wondering about the following sentences. Could you please take a look at them?

    David has evolved from a lazy teenager to a hard-working man.
    Anna has evolved from being a drug-addict to being a happily married woman with two children and a husband.

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    Re: Verb "evolve"

    Those sentences use evolved logically. Now that we've got that out of the way, I should say that it's not a very likely usage. Not impossible, but not terribly natural.
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    Re: Verb "evolve"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    2. David has evolved over time from being a religious zealot to an atheist.
    Richard Dawkin, a Darwinist and atheist, might approve more of this sentence more than a religious person, who could see this spiritual journey as a regression.

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