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    1) We prostrate ourselves on the ground by saying Our lord is great. 2) We prostrate

    Could someone please let me know if these senetences are grammatically correct?.

    1) We prostrate ourselves on the ground by saying Our lord is great.
    2) We prostrate on the ground by saying our lord is great.

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    Re: 1) We prostrate ourselves on the ground by saying Our lord is great. 2) We prostr

    They aren't. They say that saying "our lord is great" causes you to lie on the ground. Replace "by" with a comma and they'll be OK.
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    Re: 1) We prostrate ourselves on the ground by saying Our lord is great. 2) We prostr

    I dont mean to say that saying our lord is great causing them to go in to prostration, I mean they say this and go in to prostration.
    Can I put it this way, "We say our lord is great and go into prostration".

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    Re: 1) We prostrate ourselves on the ground by saying Our lord is great. 2) We prostr

    Indirect speech: We prostrate ourselves on the ground, saying (that) our lord is great.
    Direct Speech: We prostrate ourselves on the ground, saying "Our lord is great".

    Some believers would write Lord with an initial capital.
    Some people would put a comma after saying in the direct speech version.
    Some Americans would put the full stop (period) inside the final quotation mark.


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    Re: 1) We prostrate ourselves on the ground by saying Our lord is great. 2) We prostr

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Replace "by" with a comma and they'll be OK.
    Could you please explain to me why the sentence "We prostrate on the ground, saying our lord is great." is correct?

    I think that the verb "prostrate" is transitive.
    Last edited by YAMATO2201; 15-Apr-2017 at 23:32.
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar.

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    Re: 1) We prostrate ourselves on the ground by saying Our lord is great. 2) We prostr

    Frankly it looks like a translation. Translating from French, en s'agenouillant, or en + gérondif in general, French people have difficulty choosing between "by" (causative) and "while" (simultaneity without causality). It reminds me of Islam, "Allah huwa akhbar" (الله أكبر) or "God he [is] great), which people often say in that religion, and they generally pray by prostrating themselves, unlike Jews and Christians, who are generally almost erect.
    Last edited by konungursvia; 16-Apr-2017 at 00:15.

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    Re: 1) We prostrate ourselves on the ground by saying Our lord is great. 2) We prostr

    Quote Originally Posted by YAMATO2201 View Post
    Could you please explain to me why the sentence "We prostrate on the ground, saying our lord is great." is correct?
    It isn't.

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