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"Shouldn't the objects have disappeared instead of the writings on them having been changed?"

Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not then how can you make it grammatically correct? Can I use the perfect participle in a question? And can I use it after "instead of"? I've heard that the verbs that follow "instead of" should be verbs that end with "-ing". But what if the event after "instead of" happened in the past? What should you use?

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    The cited example is so syntactically weird that I wouldn't like to say for sure whether it's "syntactically" valid or not. For a relatively minor change that might feasibly count as an "improvement" (stylistically and/or syntactically), I'd at least ditch that cumbersome second instance of the Perfect verb form: ...instead of the writing on them changing. In the real world, I imagine most native speakers wouldn't use the Perfect for the first clause either: Shouldn't the objects disappear, instead of... Rule of thumb - use Perfect when you must, not when you can. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 6 at 17:30
  • @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica I used "Shouldn't the objects have disappeared" because if it's not a question, it is like saying "The objects should have disappeared", right? – Flickspoo Mar 6 at 17:41
  • ...in your case, I think instead of is a kind of "sentence adverb", which might be slightly tricky for nns to parse. Usually, the default "target" of instead is the immediately-preceding verb (Shouldn't the objects have disappeared, instead of getting bigger?) or noun (Shouldn't the objects have disappeared, instead of the magician's assistant?). But in your case it's the entire statement before instead that's being "contrasted". – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 6 at 17:43
  • ...in case you're not clear on this point, note that the question Shouldn't the objects have disappeared? is semantically exactly equivalent to the statement / assertion The objects should have disappeared in most contexts. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 6 at 17:45
  • @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica Isn't saying "changing" in the second clause wrong because the event happened in the past? – Flickspoo Mar 6 at 17:57

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