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Translating an Arabic word to English

 
 
Reply Fri 12 Aug, 2016 06:20 am
I'm translating a story I had written in Arabic about a father and daughter. The daughter says "te'eburnee," when the father's lying in bed, super sick. It literally means "you bury me," which is pretty dramatic but still makes sense in this situation. It's short too, which I prefer. All the other translations I looked at are super long, like "I wish for you to bury me, so I don't have to live without you," or imo too far from the original meaning, "I love you."

Are there any English expressions that connote the same or a similar sentiment?
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 12 Aug, 2016 10:54 am
@perennialloner,
Loner, "you'll live forever"
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parados
 
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Reply Fri 12 Aug, 2016 03:48 pm
@perennialloner,
It sounds like you are trying to say:

I can't live without you.
If you die, I can't go on living.

There are many variations but nothing comes to mind that is short and often used in the English language.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 12 Aug, 2016 04:23 pm
@perennialloner,
You'll outlive me
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Deadpan
 
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Reply Sat 13 Aug, 2016 06:57 am
@perennialloner,
There are few words which translate directly from one language to another; many words or expressions are context dependent.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sat 13 Aug, 2016 10:30 am
@perennialloner,
Hang in there Dad, tomorrow's another day
...too long...
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Blickers
 
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Reply Sat 13 Aug, 2016 10:55 am
"I'll kill myself before I'd let you die".
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