Is "I do, so shall you" correct English? I feel like so, but when I google, I cannot find similar sentences, all I found are "as you sow, so shall you reap", but I try to see if the verb can be omitted if they are the same.

I'm not sure mainly because I'm not sure if "shall" can be used without a verb following.

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    Aside from it being a comma splice (there would normally be an and after the comma), there's nothing unusual about it. May 25 '20 at 5:02
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    Do you mean to say "As I do, so shall you"? Without the "as", the sentence only makes sense with some context to establish what thing you are doing.
    – The Photon
    May 25 '20 at 5:38

Yes, it's correct, if the two clauses are connected properly.

As a native speaker, I think that it would be appropriate in a situation where someone asked if it was necessary to perform a specific task, and the response was that the person asked performed the task, and had the authority to command the asker to do so as well. This would be grammatical because the verb is implied by the question that had been asked.

For instance, this would be grammatical:

"Hey, boss, do we need to fill out the form this way?"

"I do, and so shall you."

In this case, the respondent would be saying that they do fill out the form that way, and are further stating that the asker will also fill out the form that way, or else they will face consequences if they fail to comply.

There would be a technical nitpick about the grammar, though; you should either include "and" after the comma, or replace it with a semicolon or period, so that the two clauses are properly connected.

"I do, and so shall you."

"I do. So shall you."

"I do; so shall you."

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