I am trying to decide whether the appropriate wording is:
"Your clients are evolving. Shouldn't you?"
"Your clients are evolving. Shouldn't you be?"
For some reason, "be" feels both necessary and unnecessary.
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It feels awkward the first way because it's not a complete sentence. Shouldn't I what?
The second way is a little better, but still leaves a lot implicit. Again, shouldn't I be what?
The implicit sentence is something like "Shouldn't you also be evolving?" How much of that can you leave out and still be understood? Leaving out parts, especially parts that complete the sentence, is awkward. On the other hand, putting in all the parts seems quite wordy.
It looks like advertising copy, maybe from one of those motivational companies that "helps" with managing your business. Getting something that is going to work as advertising copy is somewhat different from producing something that is grammatically correct.