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    Fasting

    Tim will be fasting until sundown tomorrow.

    Can I say:

    1. Tim will be "on fasting" until sundown tomorrow.

    2. Tim will be "in fasting" until sundown tomorrow.

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    #2

    Re: Fasting

    No.
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    #3

    Re: Fasting

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No.
    Can I say:

    I'm fasting for body checkup today.

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    Re: Fasting

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Can I say:

    1. Tim will be "on fasting" until sundown tomorrow.

    2. Tim will be "in fasting" until sundown tomorrow.
    If you omitted the quotation marks, (2) would work, provided Tim was fasting as a structured religious observance. Compare:

    Tim will be in mourning until sundown tomorrow. (We don't have to say, Tim will be mourning until sundown tomorrow.)

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    Re: Fasting

    In mourning is a fixed phrase, possibly derived from the practice of wearing special garments while mourning. No such phrase exists for fasting, so "in fasting" does not work.
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    #6

    Re: Fasting

    Are you sure?

    "Wherever you go and wherever you may be, always be in fasting and prayer." (source)

    "He says, therefore, that he wept, and that his soul was in fasting, and that he was clad in sackcloth . . . ." (source)

    "From the dark half day of the lunar fortnight, the Rajbanshi women used to be in fasting." (source)

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    Re: Fasting

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No such phrase exists for fasting, so "in fasting" does not work.
    Don't let the moderator likes go to your head, Ju. The quotations above prove that it exists and works just fine.

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    #8

    Re: Fasting

    Indeed, I would go so far as to say that Tim will be in fasting until sundown tomorrow is ELEGANT in a religious context.

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    #9

    Re: Fasting

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    The quotations above prove that it exists
    And this Ngram shows how uncommon it is.

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    Re: Fasting

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    And this Ngram shows how uncommon it is.
    That doesn't change the fact that it is used, that it is perfectly correct, and that it is even elegant in the right context.

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