Does the verb "continue" always require an action-describing word right after it? Can I drop it if the action is clear from the context?

For example, can I say:

Throughout the whole first semester Linda remained passive and didn’t participate much. She was never naughty, but didn’t show any enthusiasm either. In the first half of the second semester she continued in the same way.

or should I say

...she continued to behave in the same way

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I'm not sure what an "action-describing word" is, but there are several ways you can finish a sentence after "continue" other than "to [verb]":

  • she continued on
  • she continued in this fashion
  • she continued as if nothing had changed

I think in your particular example, your second choice "to behave" is much clearer. The first one isn't ungrammatical, but it's just hard to read - she continued what exactly? She continued attending school? She continued not showing enthusiasm? etc.

  • I see. Thank you!
    – brilliant
    May 28, 2020 at 3:16

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