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Sum quae sum

English translation: I am who I am

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Latin term or phrase:Sum quae sum
English translation:I am who I am
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06:31 Jul 18, 2001
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Latin term or phrase: Sum quae sum
somebody told me this means "I am who I am", is this correct?
Grace
I am who I am
Explanation:
It means "I am who I am" - if you are a woman.

"Sum quae sum" sounds like a paraphrase of what God said to Moses in Ex. 3.14:


dixit Deus ad Mosen ego SUM QUI SUM ait sic dices filiis Israhel qui est misit me ad vos

(Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.' )

- QUAE is the feminine equivalent of QUI

Just a comment.
Regards,
Branka
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Summary of answers provided
na +1I am who I am / I am WHAT I am
flaviofbg
na -1I am who I amBranka Arrivé


  

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3 mins peer agreement (net): +1
I am who I am / I am WHAT I am


Explanation:
Hi Grace,

yes, that's correct, though I prefer "what" as a connector. It gives an idea of materiality about the self being and... well, I am getting too philosophical :)

Good luck and... ave atque vale!

Flavio


    Disctintion in Latin (High School)
    Student of Translation (UJI)
flaviofbg
Spain
Local time: 03:38
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 155

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  giogi: d'accordissimo con la seconda opzione
11 mins
  -> Grazie Giovanna!!!
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1 hr peer agreement (net): -1
I am who I am


Explanation:
It means "I am who I am" - if you are a woman.

"Sum quae sum" sounds like a paraphrase of what God said to Moses in Ex. 3.14:


dixit Deus ad Mosen ego SUM QUI SUM ait sic dices filiis Israhel qui est misit me ad vos

(Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.' )

- QUAE is the feminine equivalent of QUI

Just a comment.
Regards,
Branka


    Reference: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/morphindex?lookup=quae&...
    Vulgata, Exodus 3:14
Branka Arrivé
Local time: 03:38
PRO pts in pair: 12
Grading comment
Thank you!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  flaviofbg: I think the sex is not very important in this quote, in my humble opinion
1 hr
  -> not in English, but in Latin "sum quae sum" can only be said by a woman (or a goddess:-), otherwise it would be "qui"
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