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    and it was sold millions of copies

    Is the following sentence grammatically correct?
    He wrote a book about his life and it was sold millions of copies.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: and it was sold millions of copies

    No. It was sold means "it" (the book) bought millions of copies of something. Leave out was and your sentence will be correct. Better: He wrote a book about his life and it sold by the millions.
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    Re: and it was sold millions of copies

    You could change "was" to "has". The past perfect tense shows sales in the past and continuing on to the future.

    He wrote a book about his life and it has sold millions of copies.
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