Ancient Languages/latin translation

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Hi i'm trying to find the latin translation for my family my world, I have found a few but they all seem to be slightly different I would appreciate your help thanks,
Mark

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Hello,

“Mea familia, universum meum”  is the correct translation for “My family, my world”.

Note that:

-My = MEA (possessive adjective, nominative feminine agreed with the nominative FAMILIA)

-Family =FAMILIA (nominative feminine, 1st declension)

-My = MEUM (possessive adjective, nominative neuter agreed with UNIVERSUM, 2nd declension)

-world= UNIVERSUM (nominative neuter meaning “the universe” /”the whole world”).

Best regards,

Maria
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P.S.
Please note that some online  translations of “My family, my world “ are unfortunately wrong.

Also note that in “Mea familia, universum  meum”   there is a chiasmus, i.e.  an inverted relationship between the syntactic elements of a phrase  where e.g. the first word MEA  is reiterated as the last MEUM so that the phrase is represented as a X structure.
See:
MEA familia,
Universum MEUM

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