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Q: Latin translation ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Latin translation
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: b3x3x9-ga
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Posted: 24 Nov 2005 09:35 PST
Expires: 24 Dec 2005 09:35 PST
Question ID: 597140
Thank you for reading my question. I am trying to engrave the latin
translation of the phrase, "To the end of time", onto an Ipod as a
present for my wife. Please make sure the declension is flawless.
Thank you.
Subject: Re: Latin translation
Answered By: juggler-ga on 24 Nov 2005 11:27 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Go with:

"Ad finem temporis."

ad = to
finem = the end (accusative)
temporis = of time (genitive)

Examples of this usage:
"ad finem" = "to the end"
"temporis" = "of time"
"ad finem temporis"

search strategy:
my own knowledge of Latin
"ad finem temporis"

I hope this helps.

Request for Answer Clarification by b3x3x9-ga on 25 Nov 2005 11:28 PST
Is "to" any different than "till" in this case? Does capitalization
relevant? Thank you.

Clarification of Answer by juggler-ga on 25 Nov 2005 12:27 PST
No, "to" isn't any different than "till" in this case.  "Ad" conveys both meanings.

ad prep. + Acc. to(ward), till.

Capitalization isn't particularly relevant.  The ancient Romans used
only uppercase (capital) letters, so they'd have written: AD FINEM
TEMPORIS.  So, if you want to be really "retro," that'd be the way to

 However,  in the middle ages, Latin began to be written in both
uppercase and lowercase letters.  It'd be acceptable to do your
inscription in all lowercase: ad finem temporis.  Or you could, as I
did, which is to capitalize the first word of the sentence/fragment. 
Any of these approaches is acceptable.

I hope this helps.
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