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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    Is 'requesting' needed in the sentence?

    I prayed to God that I could make a lot of friends all over the world.
    I prayed to God, requesting that I could make a lot of friends all over the world.

    Is the first sentence fine, or should I add 'requesting' as shown in the second sentence?

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    Re: Is 'requesting' needed in the sentence?

    I probably would not use "could" in this case, "will" feels more natural to me.

    Here is an interesting discussion on the modals.

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    Re: Is 'requesting' needed in the sentence?

    'Requesting' is not necessary.

    I see nothing wrong with 'could'. 'Would' is also fine. 'Will' is not always possible in this sentence, which begins with the past-tense form 'prayed'.

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