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I want to say, "Ergo, something comes from nothing and nothing comes from nothing." Is it correct to translate this as: "Ergo, ex nihilo aliquid et ex nihilo nihil fit"? I'm aware that "ex nihilo aliquid" means "something out of nothing" and that "ex nihilo nihil fit" means "nothing out of nothing".

  • What specifically are you unsure about? It seems to me like you answer your own question--the only missing piece was "et" = "and" – brianpck Feb 28 '17 at 19:23
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Your translation is correct and proper.

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    Gaudeo et congratulor, quod decem milia punctorum tulisti! – Joonas Ilmavirta Feb 28 '17 at 7:15
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Your translation is fine, but a Roman may have preferred to express the shared prepositional phrase only once, perhaps like this:

Ex nihilo igitur fiunt et aliquid et nihil.

  • +1, though I wonder if the singular verb fit might be used here instead (not that I have any evidence that it would, just a hunch). – TKR Jan 12 at 20:02
  • @TKR certainly a possibility. At that point it's a matter of emphasis, not grammar. – Kingshorsey Jan 12 at 20:09

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