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    Smile stay determined/persistent/persevering

    Studies have found that at least 40% of people break their resolutions after two months! However, if people stay determined/persistent/persevering, the new year can be a new positive beginning.
    Do all of the bolded words fit in the above and mean about the same? Thanks.

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    Default Re: stay determined/persistent/persevering

    I would not use the last two in this way. They would work better as verbs: if people persevere, persist...

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    Default Re: stay determined/persistent/persevering

    Dictionaries say 'stay open/ awake/ calm/ quiet/ warm/ cold/ cool'. It seems 'stay' is usually followed by some very short adjectives. Am I right? And what about 'remain'? Can we say 'remain persistent'?
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    Default Re: stay determined/persistent/persevering

    It seems redundant to me to 'remain persistent', as persisting involves not giving up.

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