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optima dies, prima fugit

English translation: The best days are the first to flee

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Latin term or phrase:optima dies, prima fugit
English translation:The best days are the first to flee
Entered by: Fuad Yahya
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19:46 Jul 17, 2001
Latin to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Latin term or phrase: optima dies, prima fugit
Quote from the Roman Virgil.
Fang
The best days are the first to flee.
Explanation:
Look at the following excerpt from a book review:

http://www.bookreporter.com/brc/book.asp?item=2416

"MY ANTONIA begins with a quote from Virgil, "Optima dies...prima fugit" (the best days are the first to flee). These words embody the essence of this lovely novel about childhood memories."

Fuad
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na +2The best days are the first to flee.Fuad Yahya
na -1the best day flees first
CLS Lexi-tech
na -1The best days of our lives are the first ones leaving us
flaviofbg


  

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22 mins peer agreement (net): +2
The best days are the first to flee.


Explanation:
Look at the following excerpt from a book review:

http://www.bookreporter.com/brc/book.asp?item=2416

"MY ANTONIA begins with a quote from Virgil, "Optima dies...prima fugit" (the best days are the first to flee). These words embody the essence of this lovely novel about childhood memories."

Fuad



    Reference: http://www.bookreporter.com/brc/book.asp?item=2416
Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 43
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agree  Daphne b
5 hrs

agree  DR. RICHARD BAVRY
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5 hrs peer agreement (net): -1
The best days of our lives are the first ones leaving us


Explanation:
Just another literary option. I have added "of our lives" to make it more... "baroque", and it does not affect the meaning.

Good luck,

Flavio


    Disctintion in Latin at High School
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flaviofbg
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PRO pts in category: 24

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  DR. RICHARD BAVRY: "to leave us" would be better English
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25 days peer agreement (net): -1
the best day flees first


Explanation:
Dies here is singular (see the verb "fugit" present indicative, third person singular).
It may not matter to your translation, but just to be precise

regards
paola


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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  arete0210: incorrect here, Neuter plural nouns in Latin and Ancient Greek commonly take singular verbs. In this case, the nominative plural dies is the subject of the "singular" third person verb "fugit." Cheers!
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