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Canto cum spirito

by Hendro

Dear Latin Teacher,

Hi! I'm a choir conductor. My choir members tried to find a name for our choir. We got a phrase "I sing with spirit" that was taken from Bible (1 Corinthian 14:15). We tried to translate it into Latin: Canto cum spirito. It sounds cool, but I doubted that it's grammatically correct.

Would you like to help us?

Hendro (Indonesia)

Dear Hendro,

Spiritus is a fourth declension word, and so the ablative ends in -u.

Canto cum Spiritu sounds very nice for the name of your choir. However, the cum is not necessary. So how about Canto Spiritu?

The actual Latin Bible verse reads: Psallam spiritu, I shall sing with spirit.

Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.



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