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Cicero Translation Help

Postby kyleul » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:48 pm

I cant seem to understand this sentence

Sed hoc primum sentio nisi in bonis amicitiam esse non posse

My translation

But, this first, I feel friendship is [not] able to exist in good; [But i dont know what to do with nisi]
Sed. hoc primum, Sentio amictiam esse non posse in bonis

Online Translation
Well, in the first place I feel that friendship can exist only among the good

Does Nisi Negate non and make it only?
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Re: Cicero Translation Help

Postby Alatius » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:09 pm

If we rearrange it, it should be more clear:
Sed hoc primum sentio: amicitiam esse non posse, nisi in bonis [hominibus].
But this first I feel: that friendship can not exist, unless amongst good people.
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Re: Cicero Translation Help

Postby kyleul » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:33 pm

Alatius wrote:If we rearrange it, it should be more clear:
Sed hoc primum sentio: amicitiam esse non posse, nisi in bonis [hominibus].
But this first I feel: that friendship can not exist, unless amongst good people.


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