1

Which sentence is grammatically correct?

I did not complain and tell myself to calm down and try to solve this difficult problem.

Or:

I did not complain and told myself to calm down and try to solve this difficult problem.

Some notes:

  • I want to mean that I did not complain, and I did tell myself to calm down, instead of complaining and not telling myself to calm down.

I don't know whether I should use told or tell in this sentence. Since "complain" is present tense, I should be using "tell", right? But it sounds (to me) weird to be using tell. But if I use "complained" it seems wrong...?

3
  • 2
    "and[ so ]I told myself to calm down ..." The words in your sentence bump into each other because the second sentence needs a pronoun. – Alex TheBN Jan 11 at 2:38
  • I agree, especially since it negates "complain", and it should be made clear that it doesn't want to negate "told myself to calm down." – Jack O'Flaherty Jan 11 at 4:00
  • Complain here is not the present tense, it is the basic form of the verb used with did to make a past tense in the negative. – Kate Bunting Jan 11 at 9:21

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.