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What's the most common word in Latin?

Et If we are treating distinct forms as separate words, et (mentioned in a comment by Cairnarvon) seems likely to be the winner, based on brief corpus searches of promising candidates. 198,519 ...
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Can someone help translating "one must die for one to live"

One possibility: necesse est alterum mori ut alter vivat. It's necessary that one (of the two) die in order that the other live. A variation: ut alter vivat necesse est ut alter moriatur. In order ...
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What's the most common word in Latin?

Christopher Francese compiled a frequency list of the most common Latin words and ranks them. This is done by lemma, not forms. The top five are: et sum, esse, fui, futurum qui, quae, quod -que in ...
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Can someone help translating "one must die for one to live"

Here's another, more concise option: Alteri moriendum ut alter vivat. This uses a different way of expressing "must" than cnread's translations, but means basically the same thing. You ...
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Have these Greek letters been related to these Latin/English letters?

F and Φ: No. F descends from Greek digamma, a letter that originally represented /w/, which died out in the Greek alphabet shortly after /w/ did. You can still see relics of it in the number system. H ...
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Can someone help translating "one must die for one to live"

In Italian we use the concise latin expression mors tua, vita mea to describe self-defence (both literal or figurative). In your case you may want to adjust the pronouns - mors alicuius, vita alius ...
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Reason for ablative case in "praesidioque decorique parentibus esse"

This is the double dative construction. The praesidio or decori (both dative, not ablative) is the dative of purpose and parentibus is the dative of advantage. The terminology varies, but the same ...
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