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Motto help for an all-risk emergency air crew..."so/that California may know", future subjunctive?

Latin does, in fact, not have a future subjunctive. There are ways to construct a replacement (using the so-called periphrastic conjugation), as in the famous quid sit futurum cras, fuge quaerere (do ...
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How would you say "I think our stick insect will die by me giving it to our hamster to eat."? Can you use absolute ablative to mean a cause of death?

The subject of the ablative absolute tends to be different from that of the main clause. Therefore it is not a good choice. And even in a case where AA is a valid choice, it should probably be of the ...
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How do you translate "the truth sayer"?

Veridicus means 'speaking the truth.' Although it's an adjective, it can easily be understood as a substantive ('the one speaking the truth'/'the truth sayer'). This word is well attested, being used ...
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To be One's Own Worst Enemy

There is a nice example (Ad Att. 10, 12a) where Cicero talks about various people who are not particularly sympathetic to C. Iulius Caesar – the people of Massilia who apparently did something to defy ...
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To be One's Own Worst Enemy

No, the translation doesn't quite work. You have the genitive of suus ipse, but "himself". The reference is unclear. I don't recall seeing suus together with ipsius — the acceptability of ...
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How to say "to (de)centralize" in Latin?

Some suffixes used for derivation of verbs from nouns or adjectives in Latin are: -ficō, -ficāre: native Latin suffix related to verb faciō, facere -issō, -issāre: suffix borrowed from Ancient Greek ...
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How to say "bribe" in Latin?

The editors of the 2007 Latin-English edition of the ​Clementine Vulgate - Rheims New Testament from Loreto Publications give the following heading for Matthew 28:11-15 (p. 73): The guards are bribed ...
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Open interpretation for "Others do what they know how to, I do what I want/imagine"

A straightforward translation would be: alii faciunt quod facere sciunt; ego, quod facere volo. However, for a motto, I would respectfully recommend to condense the thought rather thoroughly, and ...
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Open interpretation for "Others do what they know how to, I do what I want/imagine"

I'd say simply (with a backtranslation to English): Alii faciunt quod possunt, ego facio quod volo. "Others do what they can, I do what I want." I wanted to retain the parallelism of the ...
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Correcting my Latin Motto

I would say the first two words could be rendered as indicative verbs rather than passive participles, something like "Generamus, Praestamus." For the third word, assuming that by "To ...
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Four more loaves please

In Nicholas Oulton's Book II, p.50: "plures copias cupit"--"He wants more forces,". The Tribunus would have said: "plures copias cupio (mille milites), si audes!" ...
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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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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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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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