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I Need A Latin Translation

 
 
Reply Mon 15 Dec, 2008 01:42 am
Could anyone translate the phrase into Latin "They can because they think they can" for me? It is from Homer. Thank you very much.
 
George
 
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Reply Mon 15 Dec, 2008 03:35 pm
@Scott Price,
Actually, it's from Virgil's Aeneid (Book V, line 231).

Possunt, quia posse videntur.

It is usually translated "They can because they think they can."
The literal translation is "They are able because they seem to be able."
Maj Scott Price
 
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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2009 06:26 pm
Our daughter passed away quite suddenlt and we are ordering her tombstone. Could anyone translate "Our beloved Sam; a captive spirit finally free" into Latin. We would be eternally grateful. Thank you, Scott and Fiona Price
George
 
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Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 12:38 pm
@Maj Scott Price,
Nostra carissima Sam; capta anima tandem libera
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sargonriggs
 
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Reply Fri 4 Nov, 2011 03:27 pm
@Scott Price,
Greetings:

I need the following phrase translated into Latin
"When the list is weak, the work is strong."

Can anyone help?
George
 
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Reply Mon 7 Nov, 2011 08:18 am
@sargonriggs,
"When the list is weak, the work is strong."

Cum tabula infirma, labor fortis est.

Cum -> when
tabula -> list
infirma -> weak
labor -> work
fortis -> strong
est -> is

Please read this.
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rcollins
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2012 11:08 am
@Scott Price,
I am trying to create a family motto. In English it would be something like "Truth, Duty, Harmony"... I think "Veritas" is a good word for truth - having all the connotations I am looking for. For Duty, I suppose "Officium" would work, but the flavor I am looking for would imply: duty to family, hard work, preparedness, industriousness, working toward a common, long term goal, etc. And as for Harmony, I mean more like balance, peace, happiness, natural or within normal confines of nature -- more along the lines of how Taoist see "harmony" or "balance". Of course, I don't know enough to make all of the declension match on these nouns, etc. and I certainly don't know the subtle connotations of Latin words. Thanks in advance for you help!
George
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2012 05:57 am
@rcollins,
I agree with you (as does Harvard) about Veritas.

For Duty, odd as it sounds, I suggest Pietas.
You may remember Virgil's pius Aeneas.

I'd go with Concordia for Harmony.
You might also consider Aequilibritas.
That suggests a balance of forces in nature.
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foxoldrose
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 08:55 pm
@Scott Price,
It's a normal phenomenon . Sometimes, I feel the need for such a translation . He can help me to translate everything, and do a good job for me to do everything . Haha, I'm such a lazy person .
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foxoldrose
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 09:00 pm
@Scott Price,
ما في وسعهم لأنهم يعتقدون أن في وسعهم Is it ?
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heatherpatton
 
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Reply Wed 19 Sep, 2012 12:05 am
@Scott Price,
Possunt quia posse videntur
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kevinpugh
 
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Reply Sun 28 Sep, 2014 01:59 pm
@George,
My old senior school has this as its motto: We were told it translated as:

"Those who are able, are seen to be able."
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ddjjhh
 
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Reply Fri 12 May, 2017 06:15 am
What is latin translations for "she can because she thinks she can" not they.
George
 
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Reply Fri 12 May, 2017 07:24 am
@ddjjhh,
Possunt quia posse videntur.
Is in the third person plural ("they").
If you change that to the third person singular ("she"), it becomes
Potest quia posse videtur.
Latin often leaves the subject pronoun understood, so the above could be
translated "he" as well as "she". If the context is not enough, then you can
add the pronoun.
Ea potest quia posse videtur.
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