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    #1

    May God protect you from catching the devil's eye!

    Hi,

    Are these correct? Or tell me a natural way to say it, thanks.

    May God protect you from catching the devil's eye!

    May God protect you from jealousy!

    May God protect you from jinx!

    May God protect you from the influence of the evil's eye!

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    #2

    Re: May God protect you from catching the devil's eye!

    Perhaps:

    May God protect you from the devil's eye?

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    #3

    Re: May God protect you from catching the devil's eye!

    I would say the evil eye, not evil's.

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    #4

    Re: May God protect you from catching the devil's eye!

    I've only ever heard it termed "evil eye". Confusingly, that's the term for the glare people give you when they're angry with you (and which some people believe could be a curse) but it's also the term for a charm or talisman which is supposed to protect you from the evil eye. I went to Istanbul in November and you can't move for this symbol. It's everywhere and it's referred to as the "evil eye" but it's actually supposed to be a talisman to protect you from the evil eye.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: May God protect you from catching the devil's eye!

    Just in time for Valentine's Day.

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    #6

    Re: May God protect you from catching the devil's eye!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ... that's the term for the glare people give you when they're angry with you (and which some people believe could be a curse)...
    Hello emsr2d2,

    In my culture it is not about protection against anger. It's about protection against envy or more correctly against envying looks which are deemed to be carrying a negative energy and thus may hurt the ones who are envied. This is why parents attach a small "nazar boncuğu " (a bead made of white and blue colored glass for protection against the evil-eye) with a small safety pin to the clothings of their newborn children. It's a very common custom among the Turkish people and one doesn't necessarily need to be sharing this superstition to wear or to give these beads as present.
    ***Neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

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    Re: May God protect you from catching the devil's eye!

    Thanks for the clarification. I didn't realise it was to do with envy. I'm aware that one doesn't have to believe in the superstition to wear or give the beads. I came back from Istanbul with a purse decorated with the beads and several presents with the design all over them for various friends and family. None of the recipients are superstitious and nor am I.
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    #8

    Re: May God protect you from catching the devil's eye!

    Please note that clothing is a noncount noun.

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