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This question is an exact duplicate of:

Which sentence is correct? “Why did you go and told mom about us?” “Why did you go and tell mom about us?”

I know that after “did”, the verb has to come as “simple form”, but when the sentence is long and follows with “and”, what happens to the second verb (after and) ? Does it have to come as “past tense” or “present tense”?

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  • Don't overcomplicate it: Why did you tell mom about us? – Weather Vane Oct 16 '17 at 20:21
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It would be "go and tell ..." regardless of the preceding "Why did you ... ?". I can't think of a case in which "go and told ..." would be correct or idiomatic.

"My brother went and told my mother what I'd done" would be the past tense construction.

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