I was helping a friend proofread one of her essays on the short story The Lottery. She had written this sentence:
I think the lottery used to have a specific reason and represent something in the society.
I changed the sentence to
I think the lottery used to have a specific reason and represented something in the society.
I thought that, because 'used to' was not directly preceding 'represent', it should be changed to past tense. But after thinking on it for a while, I am just not sure. I can't seem to find a definitive answer and the question left all of my friends conflicted.