I am new to Latin and very rough because I am teaching it to myself after so many years. I was working on a sentence that I thought was simple enough but became confused. The translation of "Errare humanum est" is "to err is human", a translation that I did not really like. I wanted the Latin to translate into English in a way that I spoke and made more sense to me.
I attempted to change the Latin so that the English translation would be "To err is to be human" but ran into some problems and need clarification and help. The Latin that I wrote came out as "Errare est esse hominem/homines" and I have a few questions about that.
- Can 'est' and 'esse' even be used in the same sentence in this instance?
- Also, can I just get rid of 'est' if 'errare' is already the verb in the sentence?
- And is the word human plural or singular in the Latin form because it is referring to the whole human species?
I know the plural in English is 'humans' but I did not know if that was a similar case in Latin. Is anything I am saying making any sense at all because I don't know Latin.