Is the following sentence correct, on the model of "try as you may"?

Sing as you do today, he is never going to be happy with you.

Live as I do in Japan, I will never be treated as a local.

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Your sentences don't work. You need to use constructions such as:

If you sing as you are doing today...

Even though I live in Japan...

  • Why is "Try as I may, I cannot get the door open" correct and the others incorrect?
    – Apollyon
    Oct 28, 2020 at 9:45
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    "Living in Japan as I do, I have become accustomed to Japanese food" is possible, but I don't think it would ever be used in contrast to something negative as you have done. We use [Verb] as I may/might and [Adjective] as I am... in that way, but not just any inverted phrase. Oct 28, 2020 at 15:47
  • "Sing as you will today..." would work.
    – randomhead
    May 4, 2021 at 3:21
  • I disagree with this answer. The sentences seem perfectly reasonable to me, if not particularly likely to be spoken colloquially. You could make an argument that it's a rare enough form that it's best avoided outside fixed idioms like "try as you may", but I think it's a sound grammatical construction, that you could probably find examples of in more "flowery" prose.
    – IMSoP
    Sep 12, 2021 at 10:08

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