"I stay concentrated" is this correct grammar?


Carrie Hagen, Nonfiction Writer and Researcher, Teacher

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Whenever you have a question like this (and of course it's good to ask!), you can never go wrong by rewriting it and moving forward from there. I had a teacher once tell me to write the questionable sentence down, and then write three other ways of saying the same thing underneath it. Whichever one sounds/looks/reads out loud the best is often the better one to use.

Elizabeth Mack, Community College Writing Center Consultant, English Instructor, Writer

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Technically, "I stay concentrated" is not incorrect grammar, it's just awkward. The awkwardness comes from the use of "stay" as the verb. Depending on what you are trying to communicate, it would be more appropriate to say, "I can remain concentrated," or "I can stay in deep concentration." It would further clarify the sentence to add "I can remain concentrated for long periods of time," or a phrase to put it in context.

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