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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:05:00 PM
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Buddhists chant a mantra when they want spiritual help. Supposed a person has some health problems and his fellow believers chant a mantra in front of him in the hope that he recovers, how should their action be phrased?

They chanted for her.
They chanted to her.
They chanted before her.

If none of them is correct, what is the correct sentence?

Thanks.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:30:22 PM

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Hi!

I think that "for" is the most likely one here.

"To" is used mostly when the "target" or "object" of the singing/chanting is the person.
A mother sings to her babies to make them sleep.
Romeo sang to Juliet so she would know he was there outside the window. (This is invented - it's not what happens in the play!)

"Before" is usually used when related to time, not space.
"They chanted before her" means that they chanted, then she chanted.

"For" is often used to show that the action is intended to help the object somehow.
In Christian religions, you would say "They prayed for her."

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Islami
Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 1:44:36 AM
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They chanted mantra for her recovery.

Just because the writer of an article is British doesn't mean that they use English correctly-DragOnspeaker.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 2:31:36 PM
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Thanks to both of you.
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