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    #1

    I'll pray that they would buy them.

    I'll pray that they would buy them.
    (or)
    I'll pray that they will buy them. Which is correct? Are both correct? Also, please explain why.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: I'll pray that they would buy them.

    I'll pray for -- This looks to the future.
    They will buy them -- This also is looks to the future.
    They match.

    I prayed for -- This is the past
    They would buy them -- This is also past.
    They match.

    I'll pray they will buy them.
    I prayed they would buy them.

    I hope they will buy them.
    I hoped they would buy them.
    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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    #3

    Re: I'll pray that they would buy them.

    Thank you.
    I hope they get it (it is correct even when referring to future)
    I wish they would get it (correct when referring to future)
    So, I asked it in that connection. Many outliers lie in English :P

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    #4

    Re: I'll pray that they would buy them.

    I would add 'will' before 'get' in the first one if it refers to the future.
    Some grammarians like this one think that 'wish ... would ...' cannot refer to the future.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 03-Sep-2016 at 00:38.
    I am not a teacher.

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