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Emphasis mine.

While I don't have a problem when parts of the site will not then work, maybe we can phrase it better. Some options:

  1. Switch then and not: "if you do, some parts of the site will then not work".
  2. Cut then completely: "if you do, some parts of the site will not work".
  3. Ask our friends from English Language & Usage.

Personally I'd stick with 2. Keep things simple and make then go away.

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    I don't find it ungrammatical but it's awkward and redundant. We can just cut "then". You can just take my word for it, since I moderate all the English sites and the Writing site. *flashes diamonds *
    – Laurel
    Commented Mar 2, 2023 at 13:04
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    I'd go with "if you do, some parts of the site might not work". The "then" appears to have slipped there by mistake somehow, maybe copy&paste from a different place. Commented Mar 2, 2023 at 13:32


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