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Why is this sentence correct?

"Nine dogs are caught and one cat has escaped"

I immediately notice that the auxiliary verb "are" was before caught which is in its past-participle form so I assume that it should be were instead of are.

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The word "are" isn't an auxiliary there, but the main verb for the first clause. The word "caught" is functioning as an adjective in that sentence.

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You are mixing tenses; incorrectly in my opinion. Here are my attempts at correcting what I perceive to be a grammatically incorrect phrase.

"Nine dogs were caught and one cat escaped" "Nine dogs are caught and one cat escapes" "Nine dogs have been caught and one cat has escaped"

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