Friday, January 04, 2019

If you do

Today's Cipher puzzle is "You must be relentless in the pursuit of your goals. If you do, you will be successful. - Steve Garvey"

Setting aside the dubious truthiness of the quote (plenty of people fail despite being relentless), the syntax sounds off to me. I can't use "do" as a pro-verb for a copula or copular phrase. I would have to say "if you are".

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