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    how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    How to make an indirect statement of a sentence that involves "may" when you pray for someone.

    He said to Stacy, "may you get well soon."
    I said to John, "may you get married soon."
    She said to me, "may you do well on your exams."


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    Re: how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    None of this is particularly natural.

    We are more likely to say (I hope you) get well soon or, more formally, I wish you a speedy recovery for the first, and Good luck in your exams​ for the third. British people do not normally express the second thought.

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    Re: how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    Note that you need an initial capital letter for each sentence enclosed in quotes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note that you need an initial capital letter for each sentence enclosed in quotes.
    So if I capitalize the initial letter then I should also replace the comma with a full stop.

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    Re: how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    None of this is particularly natural.

    We are more likely to say (I hope you) get well soon or, more formally, I wish you a speedy recovery for the first, and Good luck in your exams​ for the third. British people do not normally express the second thought.
    Thanks Piscean for suggesting alternative phrases. Now do you people don't use those wishes that start with "may" at all or you don't use them in the context I mentioned above?

    Don't you people express wishes like "May you live long".?

    And if you do, then how would you change it into an indirect statment?

    Mary said to John. "May you live long."

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    Re: how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    So if I capitalize the initial letter then I should also replace the comma with a full stop.
    No. The comma is correct. A complete sentence in quotes is treated as a complete sentence in its own right.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    Now do you people don't use those wishes that start with "may" at all or you don't use them in the context I mentioned above?

    Don't you people express wishes like "May you live long".?
    I don't think you should refer to native English speakers as "you people". Some may consider expressions like the ones I've highlighted to be somewhat arrogant and offensive.

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    Re: how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    Thanks Piscean for suggesting alternative phrases. Now do you people don't use those wishes that start with "may" at all or you don't use them in the context I mentioned above?
    It's used rarely in AmE, and then only in very formal situations. I remember using that formula once in a wedding ceremony thirty-some years ago; I doubt I've used it since.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    This usage of may for blessings is often used in popular song lyrics, of which I can think of many examples, not many more sublime than Forever Young by Bob Dylan:

    May God bless and keep you always
    May your wishes all come true
    May you always do for others
    And let others do for you
    May you build a ladder to the stars
    And climb on every rung
    May you stay forever young
    Forever young, forever young
    May you stay forever young


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    Re: how to make an indirect statment of something that involves "may" when you pray

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMatthews View Post
    I don't think you should refer to native English speakers as "you people". Some may consider expressions like the ones I've highlighted to be somewhat arrogant and offensive.
    I have been told by one of the respected moderators of this forum to use "you people" instead of "you guys". Don't make me run out of phrases.
    Last edited by Aamir Tariq; 24-Apr-2016 at 03:20.

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