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    "ad vitam aut culpam"
    "in catilinam I"
    "cicero's speech translation"
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Tips: By Iynx 25 June 2006

The following tips may help you get a more useful translation here on the Latin Forum:

1. Spelling matters. Be as sure as possible that your spelling is correct. Small errors can be much more destructive to the sense in Latin than in English, especially if word-endings are affected. Even in English small errors can have big effects-- consider "friend" vs. "fiend".

2. Provide context. Translations of short texts can be very difficult in the absence of context. Is "fire" a noun or a verb? If a verb, do you mean as in "fire the gun", "fire the employee", or "fire the village"? Try to give us some idea what your text is about, or what you have in mind.

3. Don't expect a single "correct" answer, if you're looking for translation of a phrase. Only rarely does one exist (and then usually only because there is a well-known, received version of the phrase in the target language). Good translation doesn't usually work that way. There are almost always choices involved, and there may be scores of "correct"
versions. Which of several translations is the best is something we spend a lot of time on here. But often,in the end, it's a matter of taste.

4. Don't be put off by tentativeness or apparent uncertainty (for the reasons set out in #3). On the contrary, I would tend to mistrust anyone who puts forth his or her version as the one and only possibility.

5. Provide feedback. Let us know if you're happy with an answer. If you're not, let us know that too; if you give us some idea why, maybe we can do better.
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