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This site says:

When two or more verbs have the same subject the verbs must be parallel. Parallel verbs mean the verbs used in a sentence should all be the same tense

Yesterday Donna watched a movie, cleaned her apartment and was making lunch.:

The sentence is not correct because watched and cleaned are the simple past tense, but was making is the past progressive. The verbs are not parallel.

The correct sentence should be:

Yesterday Donna watched a movie, cleaned her apartment and made lunch.

Is "This hat is small and has a nice color" grammatically wrong?

I am not sure "is" & "has" belong to the same tense?

  • The rule might make sense as matter of style, but as a grammatical rule it is bogus. This shirt fits me perfectly and was on sale for only $5. In your sentence about Donna, the word yesterday governs the tenses. Yesterday Donna watched a movie, cleaned her apartment, and was going to give her dog a bath, but decided against it. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 21 '17 at 2:24
  • So it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: we mustn't change tense without a good reason, but good reasons exist in abundance. If they didn't, there'd also be no reason to have tense. – Gary Botnovcan Aug 21 '17 at 15:24
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I don't find anything wrong with the sentence (This hat is small and has a nice color) Both the verbs are in present tense. 'That hat was small and has a nice color' would be grammatically wrong as 'was' is the past tense and 'has' is the present tense.

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