I sometimes confuse when to use "to be" when there are verbs associated with one noun. What is a difference between these two sentences given below:

  1. A promotional plan was launched and completed.
  2. A promotional plan was launched and was completed.
  • Have you searched for yourself? If so, please indicate what you found. – Tuffy May 12 '18 at 10:55
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    The second is ponderous. – Edwin Ashworth May 12 '18 at 11:19
  • What do you mean? Can you please more elaborate on? – Black Death May 12 '18 at 15:22
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Both are "correct" and mean essentially the same thing. The second emphasizes the distinction between "launched" and "completed", which may or may not be desired. It's up to you to decide which you want.


The first sentence is correct. In the second sentence the verbs are connected with "and" so you don't need to write "was" twice.

  • Does that mean the second sentence is wrong? Or is it just redundant (but not wrong)? – JJ for Transparency and Monica May 12 '18 at 16:31
  • I'm not sure whether it's grammatically wrong, but I would strongly recommend always using the first one. – kostas5m May 12 '18 at 16:35

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