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    help with a verb needed

    Dear all:

    If I want to say "we should do exercise everyday" in a way that highlights the requirement of being persistent, what verb can be added? Are the below acceptable?

    "We should KEEP doing excercise everyday" Ok?
    "We should PERSIST in doing excercise e..." Ok?
    "We should PERSEVERE in doing excercise e.." Ok?


    Thanks ahead!

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    Re: help with a verb needed

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Hello,

    The first one sounds okay (in my opinion).
    You could also say, ..keep on doing...
    I cannot say if the other two sentences are acceptable as well.

    Another sentence could be:
    We should continue doing excercise everyday.
    (At least this is how I would say it.)

    Cheers!

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    Re: help with a verb needed

    Thanks for your reply Nightmare85!
    "keep on doing" sounds good to me. I do remember hearing that somewhere.

    But I find myself unable to grasp the nuance of "keep doing" and "keep on doing" so maybe native speakers can tell that?

    Does "continue doing" involve the meaning of "being persistent?

    More answers are expected

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    Re: help with a verb needed

    The problem with all of these is that it's not clear if you used to exercise, and you're saying it's important to continue to do so, of if you need to start​ exercising, and then keep at it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: help with a verb needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The problem with all of these is that it's not clear if you used to exercise, and you're saying it's important to continue to do so, of if you need to start​ exercising, and then keep at it.

    Great call!
    I'd say "I need to start​ exercising, and then keep at it. " is the one I want
    So let's do this: "I should__?__ do(ing) excercise".

    Thank you!

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    Re: help with a verb needed

    I should take up regular exercise.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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