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persevere vs. pursue #1 (permalink) Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:58 am   persevere vs. pursue
 

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #72 "How to encourage", question 5

I'm sure if you ........., you'll succeed.

(a) pursue
(b) proceed
(c) propel
(d) persevere

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #72 "How to encourage", answer 5

I'm sure if you persevere, you'll succeed.

Correct answer: (d) persevere

Your answer was: incorrect
I'm sure if you pursue, you'll succeed.
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i don't understand!!! i answered pursue in this question..and i'm sure for that.. how come that my answer became "perseverance"!!! So i missed the point..!!! Not only in this question but aslo from others!!!! you'll better check it!!! i think yuo are fooling me!!!

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persevere vs. pursue #2 (permalink) Sat Jan 13, 2007 13:52 pm   persevere vs. pursue
 

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Pursue normally requires an object, Foka: she pursued her degree; I tried to stop the argument, but she insisted on pursuing it. The given sentence needs some sort of object: I'm sure if you pursue your dream, you'll succeed.

Persevere means to continue trying without respite. This verb works well in the given sentence: I'm sure if you persevere, you'll succeed.
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persevere vs. pursue #3 (permalink) Sun Jan 14, 2007 16:38 pm   persevere vs. pursue
 

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persevere vs. pursue #4 (permalink) Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:17 am   persevere vs. pursue
 

But will you agree how good does it sound with ' proceed'.
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persevere vs. pursue #5 (permalink) Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:33 am   persevere vs. pursue
 

Hi,

In that particular sentence 'proceed' would simply indicate 'go forward' 'continue what you have started' and that doesn't work very well when you then refer to 'succeed'. You need a verb that suggests that you have to make an effort or try hard.

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persevere vs. pursue #6 (permalink) Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:59 am   persevere vs. pursue
 

Yes, well, but then: I'm sure if you ('continue what you have started' = donít give it up ), you'll succeed.
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