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Hi, Ahmed Towab,

@Ahmed towab posted:

Which choice is right?
Vegetables don't taste as delicious as (they used to be - they used to do).

In my opinion both are right. We can complete the sentence in two ways.......

1-..........as they used to be delicious.

2- ........as they used to taste delicious.

Thanks in advance for your help.

I agree with you that both are possible. 1 is a parallel structure. 2 works because of the stative nature of 'taste'.

Hi, Ahmed towab—I agree with Ahmed_btm that the sentence "Vegetables don't taste as delicious as they used to be" is OK; however, in AmE, "Vegetables don't taste as delicious as they used to do" is totally ungrammatical.

In some British dialects, however, "do" can be used in this way. I call it British "do." It is probably the biggest difference between American and British English that I know of. You can read a good paper about it here.

I wouldn't use either sentence. I'd simply use ellipsis after infinitival "to":

  • Vegetables don't taste as delicious as they used to.
Last edited by David, Moderator

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