Learn English – repeat a verb before and after “and”?

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I am writing an essay and I am stuck with this sentence

The citizens cast their votes choosing Mark as president and choosing me as vice-president.

is this correct or should it be

The citizens cast their votes choosing Mark as president and me as vice-president.

Best Answer

Both are correct, and it sounds better not to repeat the verb.

Repeating the verb uses a compound clause:

The citizens cast their votes (choosing Mark as president) and (choosing me as vice-president).

Otherwise it is a compound object:

The citizens cast their votes choosing (Mark as president) and (me as vice-president).

Neither is more correct than the other, but the unnecessary repetition sounds wordy.