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Q: latin translation ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: latin translation
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: johnny4bz-ga
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Posted: 18 Jan 2005 22:43 PST
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Question ID: 459679
was just wondering what the proper latin translation of the phrase "we
are the storm" would be? i checked on intertran and got the result
"nos es tempestas". this program gave other options for 'are' other
than 'es' (estis, sunt, sumus) and other options for 'storm' other
than 'tempestas' (procello, oppugno). would like to get the grammar
right, if possible, and would also like to stay with the metaphorical
sense of the english translation. thanks much,
Subject: Re: latin translation
Answered By: joey-ga on 18 Jan 2005 23:01 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Johnny, you have the right idea but need to tweak the grammar slightly.

Here is the sentence diagrammed out:

We: 1st-person-plural nominative pronoun
are: 1st-person-plural present-tense form of "to be"
the: definite article
storm: predicative nominative

The equivalents in Latin:

Nos: 1st-person-plural nominative pronoun
sumus: 1st-person-plural present-tense form of "to be"
tempestas: predicative nominative
(note that there are no articles in classical Latin)

I do believe that "tempestas" is a proper translation of "storm", as
it implies "bad weather, storm, tempest"

So, "Nos sumus tempestas" is the best (and grammatically correct) translation.

Or, for original Roman form:  "NOSSVMVSTEMPESTAS"
(The Romans generally didn't space words out, used only capital
letters, and had no distinction between consonantal Us and Vs --
noting them all as "V"s)


Strategy: Knowledge of Latin + Google: "latin translator"

Clarification of Answer by joey-ga on 18 Jan 2005 23:03 PST
Sorry, rather . . . they made no distinction between the consonantal V
and the vowel V (which later became "U").
johnny4bz-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
thanks, what i was looking for.

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