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I have a question about these sentences. I would like to know which one is correct.

A)

  1. I would have stayed at home and do nothing.
  2. I would have stayed at home and did nothing.
  3. I would have stayed at home and done nothing.

B)

  1. I would have gone to Europe and go shopping.
  2. I would have gone to Europe and went shopping.
  3. I would have gone to Europe and gone shopping.

For me, A1 implies a hypothetical instance in the sense of 'if it were me, I would've...', and A2 implies that I regretted something in the past and I would've done something differently. A3 feels wrong to me.

Same applies to B1 and B2. But I'm on the fence about B3. It feels right... but wrong at the same time.

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A3 and B3 are correct. The others are wrong

Auxiliary verbs, such as "have" and "would", apply to subsequent verbs when joined by "and" or other conjunctions.

I would have stayed at home and done nothing ---> I would have stayed at home and would have done nothing.

I would have gone to Europe and gone shopping ---> I would have gone to Europe and would have gone shopping.

The same is true for longer lists.

Examples

I will read and answer your question, then check my answer and type it.

I am reading and answering your question, then checking my answer and typing it.

I have read and answered your question, then checked my answer and typed it.


Note

Auxiliary verbs distribute over a list.

It works like the distributive property in maths https://www.mathwarehouse.com/dictionary/D-words/distributive-property-definition-and-examples.php

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