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Translation Question

Postby Carpe Diem » Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:13 pm

How would you translate this: "If you can read this, you are probably dead."?

qui hoc legere scit, paene certe est mortuus.

si hoc legere potes, probabiliter es mortuus.

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Re: Translation Question

Postby ptolemyauletes » Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:56 am

Both are probably ok, although I would add an 'is' to the second half of the first sentence.
qui hoc legere scit, is paene certe est mortuus.

probabiliter is not a terribly Latin way of expressing probably (at least not in my experience), a word which in general is awkwardly expressed. Perhaps sine dubio would work better.
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Re: Translation Question

Postby adrianus » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:20 pm

double post, somehow.
En epistula quodam modo bis missa
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Re: Translation Question

Postby adrianus » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:20 pm

ptolemyauletes wrote:probabiliter is not a terribly Latin way of expressing probably (at least not in my experience), a word which in general is awkwardly expressed. Perhaps sine dubio would work better.

OLD and L&S give it classically in Cicero, mind you, in a sense of probability.
Apud Ciceronem obiter secundum OLD et L&S dictionaria id probabilatis sensu reperitur.

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Strictly speaking, "without doubt" isn't "probably", of course, but it doesn't much matter, I agree.
Nec strictim "probabiliter" significat "sine dubio". Quid autem refert, tecum concurro.
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