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Should one write:

Anyone who studies regularly will do better and enjoy it more.

OR

Anyone who studies regularly will do better and enjoys it more.

To make the sentence grammatically correct?

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    It has to be plain enjoy, since that is conjoined with do as the complement of will: "will do better and [will] enjoy it more". – StoneyB on hiatus Feb 14 '15 at 0:35
  • @StoneyB Surely that's worth a bit more of a StoneyB explanation as an answer! :) – Araucaria - Not here any more. Feb 14 '15 at 0:59
  • @StoneyB: I'm not wholly convinced. Anyone who studies regularly enjoys it more is fine. So what's wrong with extending that to Anyone who studies regularly enjoys it more and will do better? And then what's wrong with changing the sequence? You don't have to assume a deleted will in OP's version - it's just "clumsy", particularly that way round. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Feb 14 '15 at 1:25
  • @FumbleFingers And I'm not sure English allows this change of sequence without introducing ungrammaticality. – user6951 Feb 14 '15 at 2:24
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    @FumbleFingers You are right, in theory. But it seems to me that would be to make this not merely clumsy but garden-pathy: will establishes an expectation that what follows is not merely an ordinary future consequence but a future consequence of future studies, too. It re-categorizes studies as future-referent, then requires the hearer to re-re-categorze studies as present-referent. – StoneyB on hiatus Feb 14 '15 at 2:39
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To take the discussion in the comments to an answer...

"Anyone who studies regularly will do better and enjoys it more." is wrong, because the placement of "will do" becomes what "enjoy" must match, not "studies."

E.g., -Anyone who studies regularly will do better. -Anyone who studies regularly will enjoy it more.

Changing up the sequence, in English, really can change up the meaning, because (most of the time) verbs want to agree with the closest verb preceding them.

So you have to have: "Anyone who studies regularly will do better and enjoy it more."

If you use FumbleFingers' example, "Anyone who studies regularly enjoys it more and will do better," notice that sentence is matching "studies/enjoys," and the "will do" is connected by a conjunction that allows it to break tense from the prior verbs. (However, I would avoid using this sentence because "studies regularly enjoys" could be interpreted two ways: "anyone who studies, regularly enjoys it more" vs. "anyone who studies regularly, enjoys it more." Making your reader parse out the intended meaning will slow the reader down, when you want to carry the reader smoothly to your desired conclusion.)

  • +1 Word order actually does make a difference in English. And the point about a particular word order forcing the reader to slow down is nice. Also I just thought of using a dash. See my other comment. – user6951 Feb 14 '15 at 19:55
  • @δοῦλος I fear I disagree with you strongly on that one! The dash doesn't help. Sorry! – A.Beth Feb 14 '15 at 21:24

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