How do you say ‘You will heal’ in Latin? I mean this in a way of being able to mentally heal.

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"Heal" in English is what's called an "ergative verb". When it's used with a single noun, that noun is the person who gets better; when it's used with two nouns, the subject is the doctor, the object is the person who gets better.

The relevant verbs in Latin unfortunately don't have that property: if it's used with a single noun, that noun is the doctor. So a literal translation of "you will heal" would be more like "you will make people better".

So instead, I would use a passive verb: literally, "you will be healed". Passive verbs in Latin also sometimes have a "middle" meaning, something like "you will heal yourself".

Conveniently, this is a single word in Latin: sānāberis for a single person, sānābiminī for multiple people.

If you want to express what exactly will be good for their health, you can add a noun in the ablative. If you want to say they will be healed by time, for example (because time heals all wounds), add the word tempore; if you want to say they will be healed by therapy, add the word therapīā, and so on.

  • Thank you everyone - this has been very helpful!
    – Ally
    Commented May 6, 2019 at 18:19

Celsus (c. 25 BC – c. 50 AD) often uses the intransitive verb sanescere in his De Medicina to express the non-causative change of state meaning.

Insanientes sub somno sanescunt (Cels. 3, 18).

Unlike sanari, which is in principle ambiguous between a passive interpretation (involving an (implicit) agent/cause: "by someone/something") and a middle one (cf. Draconis's answer), notice that sanescere is not ambiguous. So sanesces/sanescetis is a better translation for 'You will heal' if an internal process is involved.

As for the use of adjuncts pointed out by Draconis, here are my choices/preferences: tempore is compatible with both sanari and sanescere, whereas therapia is probably better with sanari (NB: only the latter involves an external cause).

  • Excellent answer! Just going to leave this in a comment for OP: sanārī is the infinitive ("basic" form) of the verb I used in my answer.
    – Draconis
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 17:58
  • Thanks! I'm not familiar with the abbreviations used in English online communications and I've just discovered that OP means 'original poster'. I was wondering if you could provide me with a link where I can find the most frequent ones. Many thanks in advance!
    – Mitomino
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 18:31
  • Unfortunately I've learned them through trial and error so I don't know of a good reference. OP is the only one I can think of that's common on StackExchange though. (Also maybe SE meaning StackExchange, so we're on Latin.SE now.)
    – Draconis
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 18:32

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