Is "their" right? Should this be pray "for" or "over"

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Praying for relationships can change their hearts as well as our own. 

 

Praying for relationships can change hearts as well as our own. 

asked Dec 13 '13 at 22:20 Susan New member

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I don't really like either sentence, Susan. If you ended the sentence at hearts, I would definitely not use "their". That is because relationships don't have hearts, the unmentioned people in the relationships do.

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The problem is, we don't know who the relationships belong to. If you delete the end, then it works for both our own relationships and those of others.

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If you are only talking about the relationships that other people have, then I would write: Praying for the relationships of others can change their hearts as well as our own.

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I would use "for" or "about" in this context.

link comment answered Dec 13 '13 at 22:38 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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