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    #1

    Was eighteen and (was)

    Hey guys,

    1. When he was eighteen and (was) having a really bad day.

    In the Dutch equivalent of the sentence you can't leave out the second was, but what about English?

    2. When he was driving and (was) sad.

    To my ears this sounds very wrong. What do you guys think?

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    #2

    Re: Was eighteen and (was)

    I'd need to see complete sentences to be able to advise.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Was eighteen and (was)

    They don't work for me. For a start, neither is a complete sentence. You could omit the second "was" if you were using, for example, two adjectives or two verbs.

    When he was sad and tired, ...
    When he was driving and talking, ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Was eighteen and (was)

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I'd need to see complete sentences to be able to advise.
    "She was sixteen and visiting Minsk, just for the summer, two years before she went there to live."

    https://books.google.nl/books?id=WSKKEJXZs_oC&pg=PA35&dq=%22sixteen+and+vi siting%22&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiH-cL49ZLSAhVIORoKHVVZCH0Q6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q=%22six teen%20and%20visiting%22&f=false

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    #5

    Re: Was eighteen and (was)

    That's fine. It doesn't need a second was.
    I am not a teacher.

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