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PostPosted: 2008 12 26, 14:11 
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Can anyone explain the thought/idea/meaning behind these three Lithuanian words: melstis (reflexive), melsti, and maldauti? In every english/lithuanian/english dictionary I have available, there is no definition of the meaning of the words, the thought behind it, to help me choose which verb I need.

So I want the word "to pray", but I get three similar choices: melstis (reflexive), melsti, and maldauti. A fourth choice is "prašyti" (means to ask?). How do I know which Llithuanian word is the one I should choose for the meaning intended? What is the difference between them please?

Please, maybe it would be big help if someone could give one example of a sentence each word is used in to demonstrate the different idea/thought/feeling behind it.

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PostPosted: 2008 12 26, 18:00 
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According to http://www.autoinfa.lt/webdic/

Melsti - prašyti (maldauti looks like a synonyme)
To pray - to ask for something

Example
Jis atsirado sunkioje situacijoje, todėl meldė Dievą pagalbos.
He found himself in a difficult situation, therefore he asked/prayed God for help.

Melstis - kalbėti maldas, kreiptis maldomis į Dievą
To pray (reflexive) - pray, turn to God in prayer

Example
Jis yra dievobaimingas žmogus. Jis dažnai meldžiasi Dievui.
He is a God-fearing man. He often prays to God.

Hope this helps, Snowbird :)

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PostPosted: 2008 12 26, 18:06 
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Thanks, Thomas. Yep, it helps.

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