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    "pray God" or "pray to God"

    What is the correct way
    "pray God" or "pray to God" ?
    Or are they both correct and have different meanings?

    I searched on the google the number of occurrences:
    "pray God" -> about 1.790.000 entries
    "pray to God" -> about 1.270.000 entries
    (Never trust google !!)

    By the way, is there a common way to solve such doubts (for example by checking wether the verb is transitive or intransitive?)

    P.S. Feel free to correct any mistakes in this post.

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    Re: "pray God" or "pray to God"

    hi, it should be: "pray to God".


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    Re: "pray God" or "pray to God"

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    What is the correct way
    "pray God" or "pray to God" ?
    Or are they both correct and have different meanings?

    I searched on the google the number of occurrences:
    "pray God" -> about 1.790.000 entries
    "pray to God" -> about 1.270.000 entries
    (Never trust google !!)

    By the way, is there a common way to solve such doubts (for example by checking wether the verb is transitive or intransitive?)

    P.S. Feel free to correct any mistakes in this post.
    The correct and usual phrase is "pray to God".

    Check out the AHD. It can be intransitive or transitive, though it's more often used as an intransitive verb, as in "pray to God". The Google hits for "pray God" are not all really hits for "pray God" if you take a look. Some are "pray God's + noun", and sometimes "pray" and "God" are divided by punctuation, a comma, a period, or an exclamation. So you just have to be careful of the types of returns that come back when using Google as a kind of "language checker". I think Google is very useful in this way. Just be careful and observant.

    pray: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com
    Last edited by PROESL; 19-Aug-2009 at 20:49.


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    Re: "pray God" or "pray to God"

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    What is the correct way
    "pray God" or "pray to God" ?
    Or are they both correct and have different meanings?

    I searched on the google the number of occurrences:
    "pray God" -> about 1.790.000 entries
    "pray to God" -> about 1.270.000 entries
    (Never trust google !!)

    By the way, is there a common way to solve such doubts (for example by checking whether the verb is transitive or intransitive?)

    P.S. Feel free to correct any mistakes in this post.
    Both are correct in their own contexts.

    There are two different pleas being made. One could be said to be "immediate":

    I pray God that I shall not be shot by that terrorist

    The other being a more general approach:

    I pray to God that I shall be safe.

    Google is wonderful, but must be looked at with a mind to the context.

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    Re: "pray God" or "pray to God"

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post

    Check out the AHD.
    ??
    Sorry, I didn't catch that.


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    Re: "pray God" or "pray to God"

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    ??
    Sorry, I didn't catch that.
    AHD - The initials for the American Heritage Dictionary


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    Re: "pray God" or "pray to God"

    Hi,
    as far your questions about the meaning of
    1) pray God has the menaning of God forbid
    2) pray to God bares the actual meaning of the prayal to God, asking him something, thanking him etc.

    As far as how can you get answers about idioms as opposed to thw actual meaning of some words, I wouldn' t suggest googling; perhaps a good dictionary is the answer.

    Hope I have helped you.

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    Re: "pray God" or "pray to God"

    When the results are numbers as big as those, Google can be used as a guide to the existence of a form, even with the chatter of irrelevant results and errors.

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    Re: "pray God" or "pray to God"

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post

    I searched on the google the number of occurrences:
    "pray God" -> about 1.790.000 entries
    "pray to God" -> about 1.270.000 entries
    (Never trust google !!)
    Try these sites for language searches:
    Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
    British National Corpus (BYU-BNC)

    You can do simple and advanced language queries on huge databases that have been tagged for grammatical forms, etc.


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    Re: "pray God" or "pray to God"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Try these sites for language searches:
    Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
    British National Corpus (BYU-BNC)

    You can do simple and advanced language queries on huge databases that have been tagged for grammatical forms, etc.
    Awesome! Thanks for posting the links.

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