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August 20, 2013

Lisa asks…

Can someone translate a sentence to Latin for me?

I’m trying to figure out what the Latin translation of “The hands of the past shape the future” would be… I spent 15 minutes of so with Google translate finding the best translation of each word, but obviously that doesn’t help much with grammar.

Closest I got was “Manus praeteritum praemonstro futurum” – but I know that’s not grammatically accurate all.

Anyone know the language well enough to tell me what it would really be?
Thanks in advance!

Administrator answers:

Well, that time with Google was 15 minutes lost.

A literal translation:

Manus praeteritorum futura fingunt.

Both past (praeteritorum) and future (futura) are plural forms. Romans looked on the past and the future as series of events, not as a single thing.

Added: Edited to correct typo. TY, Juana.

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