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Reiko07
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021 7:49:18 AM

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(1) I will pray that he wins.
[Swan: Practical English Usage, 3rd ed.]

(2) I will pray that he will win.

Question: Is (2) correct? If so, is it natural?

FounDit
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021 10:35:01 AM

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Reiko07 wrote:
(1) I will pray that he wins.
[Swan: Practical English Usage, 3rd ed.]

(2) I will pray that he will win.

Question: Is (2) correct? If so, is it natural?


It may be grammatically correct, but it isn't natural.
thar
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021 10:38:25 AM

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The time here is set by the main verb.
I will pray.
Ie you are not praying now, but at some point in the future (but before the race is decided) you will pray.


'that he wins'.
That is a fact. He wins.
The simple present does not have a time, or if it does it is used for the future.


you can pray now/habitually for something in the future
I pray that he will win


or you can pray in the future for something to happen. Since this timeframe is already in the future, there is no need to put in a future future. Obviously you are praying before it happens.
I will pray that he wins.


The first is more likely but it depends on the context.


But not
I will pray that he will win.


Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2021 12:07:55 AM

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Thanks, FounDit and thar.

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