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    Hi guys,

    What to say if we want God to do something for us. Do we need to say "May god teach you a lesson or God, may his work gets completed in time".
    Last edited by tufguy; 15-Jul-2014 at 13:57.

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    Re: God

    "God" is capitalized as a proper name. You seem to use lower-case for many proper names. This is not the same as "a god" but refers to the entity that believers in a monotheistic religion call by this name.

    If you want God to do something for you, there are many things you can say, but your second suggestion is not a natural one and your first one sounds like you want God to do something bad to someone else. Not a great thing to ask God to do for you.

    Also, remember that you should punctuate your question as follows:
    Do we need to say "May god teach you a lesson" or "god, may his work gets completed in time".
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Please read Barb's last sentence a few times until you understand the point, tufguy. I've demonstrated the correct technique before to you. Whatever occurs between quotations marks should make sense. You can't put two or three choices there - you have to separate them, and put them within their own quotes. Is it "A" or "B"? NOT is it "A or B"?
    Last edited by Raymott; 11-Jul-2014 at 06:05. Reason: typo

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    Re: God

    Ok I bear it in nind next time. "May God helps him" is not natural, can't be used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Please read Barb's last sentence a few times until you understand the point, tufguy. I've demonstrated the correct technique before to you. Whatever occurs between quotations marks should make sense. You can't put two or three choices there - you have to separate them, and put them within their own quotes. Is it "A" or "B"? NOT is it "A or B"?
    I compliment you on your patience, Raymott, but tufguy has a history of ignoring such advice. I guarantee that he will continue to go his own sweet way and keep getting it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Ok I bear it in nind next time. "May God helps him" is not natural, can't be used.
    We have also told you several times that it's either "okay" (all lower case" or "OK" (upper case) but not "Ok".

    "nind" is not a word. It is underlined in red which means it was underlined in red when you typed it. That is an indication that it is incorrect.

    Your final sentence is a statement, not a question. Did you mean it to be a question? If so, it should read "Is 'May God helps him' not natural? Can it not be used?" If it was not a question, then it should read "'May God helps him' is not natural and cannot be used."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I compliment you on your patience, Raymott, but tufguy has a history of ignoring such advice. I guarantee that he will continue to go his own sweet way and keep getting it wrong.
    My replies to tufguy (and everyone else usually) always take into account that other learners are following the thread. If posters are not challenged occasionally on their chronic errors, other learners might get the idea that such errors are acceptable. If tufguy does benefit, that's a bonus.

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    Sorry guys, for my stupidity.

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    No-one suggested stupidity. However, we have all noticed that you sometimes completely ignore our advice even after we have given you the same advice multiple times. You simply need to take more time and be more careful.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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