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    matilda Guest

    Talking 76-saying prayers

    Dear all

    Hello

    how should i use the verb saying prayers?
    shall i say :
    she said her prayers.
    or:
    she said her prayer.

    i mean the time that someone must have only one praying.

    thanks in advance

    Matilda

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    Default Re: 76-saying prayers

    Even if there is only one prayer, you can still use the plural if talking about prayers that are part of a routine.

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    Default Re: 76-saying prayers

    "To say one's prayers" is almost a fixed saying, an idiom and describes the general act of praying -- usually as part of a routine, as tdol says. In the sentence "She said her prayer", the prayer is a specific prayer -- it would be taken to mean "the prayer which she wrote herself" or "the prayer which she habitually prays", or perhaps "the prayer which was mentioned in an earlier sentence".

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    Default Re: 76-saying prayers

    You could also use 'she said a prayer' if she prayed in a certain situation, such as a time of stress or danger, which would not be part of the routine.

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