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Hi my name is Mitch and I work EMS. I would like to know what the translation for "so others may live" would be. Or possibly "this I do, so others may live". Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Hello,

"So others may live" can be translated as “Ut alii vivere possint” (literal translation) or better ”Ut alii vivant” (literally, “So  others live”).

Please note that  in “Ut alii vivere possint”:

-UT (conjunction introducing the subjunctive "possint")= so /so that

-ALII (nominative masculine plural of the pronoun ALIUS)= others

-POSSINT (3rd.person plural, subjunctive present of POSSUM)= may

-VIVERE (present infinitive of the verb VIVO) =live


Also note that in ”Ut alii  vivant” (meaning "So others live"):

-UT (conjunction introducing the subjunctive "possint")= so /so that

-ALII (nominative masculine plural of the pronoun ALIUS)= others

-VIVANT(3rd.person plural, subjunctive present of VIVO)= live


As for “This I do, so others may live”, it translates as “Haec ago, ut alii vivant” as well as “Hoc facio, ut alii vivant”.

Note that:

-HAEC (accusative neuter plural of the pronoun HIC)  or HOC (accusative neuter singular of HIC) = this

-AGO (1st person singular, present indicative) or FACIO (1st person singular, present indicative) = I do.   Both AGO and FACIO mean "I do".

-UT (conjunction)= so /so that

-ALII (nominative masculine plural of ALIUS)= others

-VIVANT (3rd.person plural, subjunctive present of VIVO ) = live (instead of "may live")

Best regards,

Maria

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