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13:03 Nov 7, 2000
English to Latin translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: May the force be with you
In Star Wars
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Summary of answers provided
na +1Vis tecum.xxxJon Zuber
na[See below]Wigtil


  

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1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
Vis tecum.


Explanation:
vis = force, power
te = you
cum = with

"Cum" joins onto the end of pronouns that way. The "may ... be" need not be expressed; "Peace be with you (pl.)", for example, is "Pax vobiscum".

xxxJon Zuber

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agree  Kirill Semenov
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17 hrs
[See below]


Explanation:
Several potential issues, which you must decide...it's not as simplistic as a one-to-one mapping of words from English into Latin.

1. Latin has no word for "the" or "a". It is difficult to recreate the effect of the PRESENCE of "the" in the Latin text. -- If the verb "sit" ("may...be") comes first in the sentence, however, the effect approximates the ABSENCE of "the", rather like "a force/strength" or merely "force/strength".
2. The word "you" in English may refer to any number of people, but in Latin you must select either a singular form ("te")or a plural form ("vobis").
3. The word "cum" ("with") must be suffixed to either choice of the word for "you" to create a new word, even though it is a normal, separate preposition with Latin nouns, as in the phrase "cum laude".
4. The verb may be included or omitted. If included, it must be in the special form called subjunctive to recreate the effect of "may...be".
5. Latin permits a great variety of word orders. In this phrase any word may appear in any position.
6. "Vis", the word commonly equated to "force", also means "strength".

All the options:
VIS TECUM. TECUM VIS.
VIS VOBISCUM. VOBISCUM VIS.
VIS TECUM SIT. VIS SIT TECUM. SIT VIS TECUM. TECUM VIS SIT. TECUM SIT VIS. SIT TECUM VIS.
VIS VOBISCUM SIT. VIS SIT VOBISCUM. SIT VIS VOBISCUM. VOBISCUM VIS SIT. VOBISCUM SIT VIS. SIT VOBISCUM VIS.


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