I'm doing English to Latin translation and wanted to know if anyone could help me address the mistakes of my translation:

Who is there who would allow the city walls to be destroyed on account of the treachery of a few disloyal men? If our soldiers fight bravely, the city will not fall!

I wrote:

Quis est qui patiatur moenias delenda sunt pro insidiam pauci impiorum hominibus? Si nostri milites pugnabunt fortitier, urbs non cadet.

  • not sure why the downvote :(
    – luchonacho
    Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 9:11

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So here's what I got. His reasoning is okay, but when it is put together, it should be:

Quis [ibī est],1 [quī], ob paucōs virōs (hominēs)2 infidelēs, murōs tollī (delērī/conrumpī) patiatur? Si militēs nostrī fortiter pugnant, urbs non succumbed!

  1. Words in brackets are direct translations of words that are best left out.
  2. Words in parentheses are words that may also work.

My preference therefore would be:

Quis, ob paucōs virōs infidelēs, murōs tollī (conrumpī) patiatur? Si militēs nostrī fortiter pugnant, urbs non succumbet!

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    There's nothing wrong with your composition, but the wording of the original made me think that the person setting the composition is fishing for a particular construction at the start: Quis (homo) est, qui ... Commented May 14, 2019 at 16:45
  • ecquis seems to be a suitable alternative to the awkward construction “quis ibī quī ...” Commented May 15, 2019 at 11:55

delenda sunt means "Those things must be destroyed." (in Direct sp.) After patior, 3rdconj, use present passive infinitive ( or acc.+ inf.; or subjunctive) of deleo.

"of a few disloyal men," will be a noun and two adjectives, all three in agreement in the Genitive plural.(You have one nominative (or genitive singular), one genitive plural, and one ablative)

Can pro mean 'because of'? I would have expected ob +Accusative.

fortitier is a typo.

The down-vote probably expresses a wariness of interfering between real-world teachers and students.

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