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Q: Latin translation of short phrase ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Latin translation of short phrase
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: loneoak-ga
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Posted: 30 Oct 2006 22:49 PST
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Question ID: 778702
Hello prospective translators,

I am working on creating a custom 'ex libris' stamp for myself because
I lose too many books to friends.  I'm a philosophy student and there
is a quote from Milan Kundera that I have long been enamored with
because it encapsulates my approach to philosophy as a discipline.  I
want to incorporate it somehow into the stamp design.  Here is the
"Only the most naive of questions are truly 
serious ... It is questions with no answers
that set the limits of human possibilities,
describe the boundaries of human existence."

I would like to include a Latin version of the four word phrase
"Questions with no answers" on my stamp.  Given the context of the
phrase, what is the best translation of it?
Subject: Re: Latin translation of short phrase
Answered By: juggler-ga on 31 Oct 2006 03:46 PST

I'd go with:

"Quaestiones sine responsis."

Breaking it down:

quaestio (noun)- inquiry, question
This is a third declension noun so the nominative plural would be "quaestiones."

sine (preposition + ablative) - without

"Sine" is the best preposition to convey the meaning of "with no."

responsum (noun) - answer
This is a second declension neuter noun, so the plural ablative would
be "responsis."

The phrase "questions and answers" may be translated as "quaestiones
et responsa." Examples of this usage:

Here, however, the preposition "sine" (without) requires "answers" to
take the ablative form.  Thus, we use "responsis."

search strategy:
My own knowledge of Latin plus the searches mentioned above.

I hope this helps.
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