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Can I say the following?

  1. If we don't fix this problem now, then our plan may jeopardize.
  • "..then our plans may be in jeopardy." – lurker Dec 23 '15 at 4:48
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Your sentence improperly treats jeopardize as an intransitive verb meaning come into jeopardy—that is, become exposed to risk. But jeopardize is a transitive verb meaning put [something] into jeopardy—that is, expose [something] to risk.

What you want to say is something like

Not fixing this problem now may jeopardize our plan.

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    No need for such a radical rewrite - there's nothing wrong with If we don't fix this problem now, then our plan may be jeopardized. (or ...may be [put] in jeopardy). – FumbleFingers Dec 22 '15 at 22:39
  • @FumbleFingers -- Your comment seems like the summary of a good answer. – Jasper Dec 23 '15 at 2:53
  • @FumbleFingers True, I recast the if clause; but passivizing an active main clause feels to me like a more "radical" rewrite. – StoneyB Dec 23 '15 at 11:01
  • @Jasper: I think it's effectively "writing advice" when we get to that level (the essence of the On Topic aspect of the answer being "jeopardize is a transitive verb"). On reflection, I take StoneyB's point that structurally, converting the first element to a gerund noun phrase (so it can serve as the subject of the verb under scrutiny) is a more direct way of fixing the problem (the problem being that our plan cannot validly be the subject of the verb jeopardize in this context, it has to be the direct object). – FumbleFingers Dec 23 '15 at 14:36

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