I am trying to come up with a family motto as a birthday gift for my father.

We have a phrase we always like to say whenever we ask each other questions: "Will so and so become X?" or "Will we ever get to Y?" or "What'll happen when we do z?"

To which the answer always is: "We shall see"

How can this be translated into Latin?

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Can't really go wrong with a straightforward translation. The verb "to see" is videre, and encompasses this metaphorical use of finding out what the future will hold. So the simple future indicative 1st person plural active:


Cf. Seneca ad Luc. 75.5.1:

Videbimus qualis sit, quantus sit.
We shall see what sort of person he is, how great he is.

  • A Roman might ask: "quid videbimus?" Does "videbimus" stand alone--no context?
    – tony
    Jul 5, 2021 at 12:23
  • @tony Sure, as a family motto in response to a question.
    – cmw
    Jul 5, 2021 at 13:30

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