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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...?

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  • Is "I did not tell myself to calm down" what you meant? What is the scope of your not? Please edit your question to explain. Did you mean to post this to our sister site for English Language Learners? – tchrist Jan 11 at 0:58
  • 'I did not complain' is not the present tense! The second sentence expresses the meaning you want; it would be clearer with a comma after 'complain'. – Kate Bunting Jan 11 at 8:40