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In Maná's song "El Verdadero Amor Perdona" one of the verses contains the lines:

Cómo pude haberte yo herido / engañarte y ofendido

I'd think it should be "Como pude haberte yo herido / engañado y ofendido" (which would fit the song just as well). Why is "engañarte" used instead of "engañado"? Is it proper grammar or stylistic variation for the song?

Edit: And if it is stylistic, is there any equivalent or similar usage in English?

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I think those lines can be divided like this:

Como pude haberte yo herido

Como pude engañarte

Como pude haberte yo ofendido

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"How could I have offended you?" –  hippietrail Nov 17 '11 at 8:48
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Stylistic.

Cómo pude haberte yo herido, engañarte y ofendido => Cómo pude haberte yo herido, cómo pude engañarte, cómo pude haberte ofendido

Cómo pude haberte yo herido, engañado y ofendido => Cómo pude haberte yo herido, cómo pude haberte yo engañado

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