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Postby Bona-facum » Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:02 pm

I need some help translating a quote from an American President into Latin. The original quote is, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have". I believe I've literally translated it into English, but I know that my grammar and word-order is atrocious. Here's what I've got so far:

Administratio quod est magnum satis tribuo quid vos volo, est validus satis deporto quid obtineo

I know that validus means "strong" and not "big", but I think it fits better than "magnum". Any suggestions/advice on how to fix this and make it into a proper sentence would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Translation Help

Postby adrianus » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:47 am

Salve, Bona-facum

Adjectives referring to a noun generally agree with the noun in gender, number and case; relative pronouns agree in number and gender with the preceding noun; the verb agrees with its subject in person and number.

Adjectivum casu numero genere cum nomine quod id refert communiter congruit; pronomen relativum nomini praecedenti numero genereque convenit; verbum et subjectum personâ numeroque inter se conveniunt.

"satis x quod" or/vel "satis x ut + subjunctive"
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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Re: Translation Help

Postby ptolemyauletes » Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:45 pm

This sounds to me to be a perfect sentence for a quod id /qui ei , qui is construction!
'quae administratio' is big enough etc. 'ea' is big enough etc...

The 'administratio' clause needs to be subjunctive as it is a clause of characteristic.
There also seems to be a natural result clause here... a government so big that it...
Also the 'whatever you want' should be subjunctive... as a generic/characteristic subjunctive

Here is my suggestion:

'quae administratio sit tam magna ut tribuat quaecumque velitis, vero ea tam magna est ut auferat omnia quae habetis.'
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Re: Translation Help

Postby adrianus » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:21 pm

Possibly? Forsit hoc?
Et spoliandorum quae respublica capax tantùm omnium satiandorum.
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