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I have made up an example below.

(1) Last Friday, I stopped going to the gym and eating breakfast.

My non-native speaking friends think I need to use "stopped" twice.

(2) Last Friday, I stopped going to the gym and stopped eating breakfast.

Is it OK to use "stopped" only once? Thank you for your help.

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Either is okay. In the first example, you can't say 'Last Friday, I ... eating breakfast.' If you take away the 'stopped' section then the sentence falls apart, therefore we can assume it is integral to the 'eating breakfast' part too. If the second action could stand alone, with 'stopped going to the gym' removed, it could be very confusing and we may not know whether you meant you were stopping the second action or not. However, it's clearly interconnected and, while sentence (2) may be clearer, there's no ambiguity.

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ansonguy(1) Last Friday, I stopped [going to the gym and eating breakfast].

The bracketed portion of the sentence is viewed as a unit. It implies that you have been routinely going to the gym and then eating breakfast, and that you never did one without doing the other.

ansonguy(2) Last Friday, I stopped going to the gym and stopped eating breakfast.

This implies that there are two unconnected activities that you have stopped.

CJ