there is a harmonious atmosphere prevailing

Discussion in 'English Only' started by arueng, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. arueng Senior Member

    In a religious service, there is a harmonious atmosphere prevailing in the church.

    Does the above sound right? If yes, does "prevailing" mean "dominant" and "preeminent?" Thanks in advance.
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    Personally, I would drop prevailing... if "harmonious atmosphere" is all you mention, then that will prevail without any help from additional words.
  3. Oeco

    Oeco Senior Member

    Milwaukee, WI
    English - US
    Since not all religious services have a prevailing harmonious atmosphere, I think you need a specific article. "In this service..."

    On the question of "prevailing" as against "dominant" and "preeminent" it might be good to look prevailing up in the dictionary.
  4. shawnee

    shawnee Senior Member

    English - Australian
    I with with Copy, in that it is unnecessary extension. However, while at the dictionary arueng you might also take a look at 'pervade'.

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