I know I did ask this question but ...

He has toured the UK, sold out three nights at London's Sebright Arms, as well festival performances at Glastonbury,

Can someone explain me why has toured is in the present perfect and sold out in the past simple? Is it because the uk tour lasted more time than the sold out three nights or does the author think that the tour was more important than the sold out nights

There should be a logical reason

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    Sold out is in fact present perfect. The ellipsis includes has: "He has [toured .. and .. sold .. ]". The conjunction and should be there; its omission makes this a 'comma splice'. – StoneyB on hiatus Sep 27 '14 at 17:51
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    What is the source of this quote? – user3169 Sep 27 '14 at 20:14
  • Maybe it is possible that "sold" is a past participle here. – F.E. Sep 27 '14 at 20:26
  • Is this quote made up? It doesn't read at all well. "As well" should definitely be "as well as", but even after that correction, it vwould still be awkward in writing (it might be said in off-the-cuff speech) unless you also inserted "and" before "sold". – rjpond 2 hours ago

The second verb is also in the present perfect. The auxiliary "has" covers all the verbs in the list.

Test it with a verb that has a different past form to its past participle (we use the past participle with "have/has" in the present perfect):

She has made a cake and eaten it.


She has made a cake and ate it.

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When it says:

has toured the UK

it means he has done so in the past and (possibly) will do so in the future.

On the other hand,

sold out three nights at London's Sebright Arms

clearly refers to past events only, so past tense is OK.

The topic kind of jumps around for one sentence. It might have been better to write:

He has toured the UK, where he sold out three nights at London's Sebright Arms as well as festival performances at Glastonbury.

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