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Could anyone check this short translation, please?

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Could anyone check this short translation, please?

Postby Myrna » Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:46 pm

Could anyone tell me if this translation is correct?

I've got this sentence: "Endings always bring new beginnings"

My translation is: "Eventus nova initia semper ferunt"

Thank you very much.
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Re: Could anyone check this short translation, please?

Postby Quis ut Deus » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:59 am

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Re: Could anyone check this short translation, please?

Postby thesaurus » Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:20 am

I've got this sentence: "Endings always bring new beginnings"

My translation is: "Eventus nova initia semper ferunt"


I'd use "fines" instead of "eventus." Also, you have some options with "beginnings." You could also do "principia" or possibly "coepetûs," though I'm not sure these are necessarily preferable.

Also, a recondite matter, there is something called the "gnomic perfect" which is when you use the perfect tense for "general truths, repeated actions, and customs." In that case you would have "tulerunt" instead of "ferunt." However, Allen and Greenough says this is "sometimes used," so it is by no means a requirement.
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Horae quidem cedunt et dies et menses et anni, nec praeteritum tempus umquam revertitur nec quid sequatur sciri potest. Quod cuique temporis ad vivendum datur, eo debet esse contentus. --Cicero, De Senectute
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Re: Could anyone check this short translation, please?

Postby Myrna » Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:03 am

Thank you very much for your reply.
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