Pray and prey: proper word use

Pray, prey, praying, preying….

Pray: You pray to the gods. “Pray” is a verb.
Prays: Billy prays. “Prays” is a verb.
Prayed: Billy prayed.
Praying: Billy is praying. The praying mantis looks like it is praying.

Prey: A predator hunts its prey. Prey is a noun.
Preys:The lion preys upon the zebra. “Preys” is a verb.
Preying: Technically “preying” is a word, but it’s weird and archaic and you’re probably better off using a word like “hunting” or “stalking.”
Preyed: As with preying. Try “hunted” or “stalked.”

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2 thoughts on “Pray and prey: proper word use

  1. You know, Sean, I really do enjoy these grammar posts, not because I need they, persay, but just because I like them. It’s funny what are the common hurdles and pitfalls of gramma, but then again, English is a right nasty bastard of a language.

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