Latin language translation
by Yannick Poirel
First, I will thank you for even the chance of looking at my question. I like to get my things right, and you're the person that I'm sure will set things in stone for me.
My questions is rather simple:
Does the phrase Veritas est mortem
follow the right grammatic rules for Latin? Or is there some other way to get the meaning "The Truth is dead" coined?
Thank you so much in advance.
The Latin phrase you have submitted has a funny, unintended meaning. Veritas est mortem
means "Truth is eating death".
To arrive at the meaning you intend: Veritas est mortua
: The truth is dead.
Truth is a feminine noun in Latin, and so needs a feminine adjective (mortuus
) to modify it. Mors
is a third declension noun: Death. So mortem
is death as a direct object.
The verb est
with a short -e
- means "is", the same spelling with a long -e
- means "he/she/it is eating".
Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.
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