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How can this sentence be worded?

See example:

Our work ethic and determination to succeed keeps us going.
asked Aug 16 '11 at 17:59 Trish Coan New member

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The verb to keep only adds the "s" for the 'he/she/it':

 

I/you keep 

he/she/it keeps

we/you/they keep

 

You have two items in your list, so should remove the 's'.

 

"Our work ethic and determination to succeed keep us going."

 

Other than that, you don't need to change anything; your meaning is clear and technically there's nothing wrong with the way you've written it. However, for style reasons, you may prefer to insert "our".

 

"Our work ethic and our determination to succeed keep us going."

 

Or you could change keep us going to "drive us".

 

"Our work ethic and (our) determination to succeed drive us."

 

You could make the sentence stronger by switching the clauses round so that the emphasis falls on the first part of the sentence, which is explained by the second.

 

"We are driven by our work ethic and our determination to succeed."

 

Hope that all helps!

 

 

link comment answered Aug 16 '11 at 22:45 Siân Harris Expert
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Drop the "s" in "keeps" and it looks okay. As in:

 

Our work ethic and determination to succeed keep us going.

link answered Aug 16 '11 at 22:45 Joe Douglas Trent Contributor

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