Consider the following English sentence which I've translated from "他去会堂守礼拜了。" :

He went to attend the services in the synagogue.

What does "attend the services" mean to you?

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  • Sure you can. That's how I translate it. Of course, I know no Chinese, so I translate all Chinese as "attend the services". – Drew Dec 26 '15 at 22:31
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about translating Chinese to English. – Drew Dec 26 '15 at 22:31
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    A "service" in a synagogue would be an occasion where many people come together there for a religious observance. – GEdgar Dec 26 '15 at 22:56
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    After your edit, I would, if I could, change my reason for voting to close to this: The question is off-topic because it doesn't show research - trying to find the answer yourself. Have you consulted a dictionary for the meanings of "attend" and "services"? If so, what about those definitions and the resulting phrase is unclear to you? – Drew Dec 26 '15 at 23:23
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    @Mazura - You are being a bit too prescriptive. I could be "attending the service" for Christmas and it would not imply a funeral. In fact, only if one says "attending the service for John Smith" would I assume it is a funeral (or "memorial service"). – Hot Licks Dec 27 '15 at 2:21

It makes perfect sense to me: Someone attended a service in a synagogue.

However, it would sound a little better like this:

He attended the services in the synagogue.

You could probably also change services to service...

He attended the service in the synagogue.

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