The sentence in question:

It is in chaos do we find reality.

I wouldn't have posted this question if the sentence were worded like this:

We find reality in chaos.


In chaos (do) we find reality.

But the construct of the original sentence, which is a cleft sentence whose complement clause is inverted, seems new to me and I'm not sure if it's grammatical (although my ears say it is). So, is it grammatical?

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    Not to my non-native ears. I keep wanting to correct that sentence to “It is in chaos that we find reality”. Where did you find it? Nov 19 '13 at 13:27
  • @Gilles: That's a nice one. The sentence was posted by a friend on Facebook.
    – Sherlock
    Nov 19 '13 at 15:11
  • It doesn't even sound grammatical to my native ears, I agree with Gilles. Nov 24 '13 at 4:36
  • @Gilles is correct. You need the relative pronoun that to precede the relative clause do we find reality. Nov 29 '13 at 1:32
  • It has a nice sound to it, though.
    – user230
    Dec 7 '13 at 2:25

Your syntax is off. You need that in this case. Do is only needed for emphasis. You've also got it phrased as a question.

It is in chaos that we do find reality. Do is an emphatic here.


It is [only] in chaos that we [do] find reality.


It is in chaos that we [do] find reality.

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