Latin/motto

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Hi Maria,
For the car club would "always moving forward" translate well into latin as our motto?

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Hello,

I think that  "Always moving forward” could be translated  as  “Semper procedendum” or “Semper est procedendum”, both  meaning  “We must always move forward”.

Please note that  the verb “procedendum”, which in Latin is called “Second passive periphrastic”,  indicates that the action of "moving forward" is something that must be done/has to be done .

If on the contrary you want to use an indicative mood, you could say “Semper procedimus” literally meaning “We always move forward”, whereas “Procedamus semper ” would be a hortatory subjunctive meaning “Let us always move forward”.

To sum up, you can choose among “Semper procedendum”, “Semper procedimus” and "Procedamus semper”, according to what you like best.

Best regards,

Maria
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Note that:

-SEMPER  (adverb) = always
-PROCEDENDUM  or PROCEDENDUM EST (second passive periphrastic composed of the gerundive PROCEDENDUM in its impersonal construction and the verb EST which can be understood)=we must move forward

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-SEMPER  (adverb) = always
-PROCEDIMUS (1st person plural, present indicative of the verb PROCEDO, I move forward) = we move forward

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-PROCEDAMUS (1st person plural, present subjunctive of the verb PROCEDO ) =let us move forward
-SEMPER (adverb) = always

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