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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".

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  • What specifically are you unsure about? It seems to me like you answer your own question--the only missing piece was "et" = "and"
    – brianpck
    Commented Feb 28, 2017 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
    Commented Feb 28, 2017 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.

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  • +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
    Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 20:02
  • @TKR certainly a possibility. At that point it's a matter of emphasis, not grammar. Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 20:09

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