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    Question Idiom or slang

    Hi,

    Does the following sentence have a literal meaning or figurative meaning?
    Moreover, is it a slang or idiom?

    "I beg you to prey"

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    Re: Idiom or slang

    That's a very unlikely statement as written. Assuming you mean pray, it's neither slang nor idiom; it's just a rather formal way for one person to ask another to say a prayer.

    Note that it's not a sentence unless it ends with appropriate punctuation.
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    Re: Idiom or slang

    "I beg you ..."
    "I pray you ..."
    These can have similar uses. Maybe the original was a mistake.

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    Re: Idiom or slang

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "I beg you ..."
    "I pray you ..."
    These can have similar uses. Maybe the original was a mistake.
    Excuse me, do you mean that "I beg you to pray" is a mistake?
    Moreover, would you please complete the sentences that you've written? I mean:
    I pray you ...?
    I beg you ...?

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    Re: Idiom or slang

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Excuse me, do you mean that "I beg you to pray" is a mistake?
    It's not incorrect, but it's not very natural. Please pray​ would be much more natural.
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    Re: Idiom or slang

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's not incorrect, but it's not very natural. Please pray​ would be much more natural.
    Can we say that "I beg you to pray" is an expression and it can also be considered as a slang as it is used by a specific group of people in a society, i.e. Religious people?
    Last edited by Venus.jam; 11-Oct-2016 at 20:45.

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    Re: Idiom or slang

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's not incorrect, but it's not very natural. Please pray​ would be much more natural.
    Can we say that "please pray for me/him"?

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    Re: Idiom or slang

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Can we say that "Please pray for me/him"?
    Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Idiom or slang

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Can we say that "I beg you to pray" is an expression and it can also be considered as a slang as it is used by a specific group of people in a society, i.e. Religious people?
    We cannot say that it is an expression. It is simply a plea/request. It is not slang. AS GS has told you, it is not natural, even among religious people.


    We can say "Please pray for me/him/her".

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    Re: Idiom or slang

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We cannot say that it is an expression. It is simply a plea/request. It is not slang. AS GS has told you, it is not natural, even among religious people.


    We can say "Please pray for me/him/her".
    Would you please explain why it is not an expression?

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