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scrimshaw
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PostPosted: 09-Nov-11 15:56  Reply with quote

I was just reviewing some old posts.

scrimshaw wrote:
If we do not all hang together, we will certainly all hang separately....Thomas Paine

YOU WROTE.....Isn’t it attributed rather to Ben Franklin?

Yes, you are correct, it is a quote attributed to Ben Franklin, not Thomas Paine. Embarassed And that's from me, who likes to think he knows a little about american history.

And I like your translation to continue the word play....
Nebudeme-li táhnout za jeden provaz, dostaneme každý svůj provaz.

scrimshaw wrote:
Nedržíme-li spolu, určitě pověsíme samostatně

We use future tense for this kind of condition:

Nebudeme-li držet (po)spolu/pohromadě…

The prefix “po-” has causative meaning:

viset ~ to be hanging
×
pověsit ~ to make something hanging

Hence:

…budeme viset každý zvlášť (~ we will all hang separately)
or
…pověsí nás každého zvlášť. (~ they will hang us separately)


But as the wordplay is lost in this translation, we should try some loose translation, e.g.:

Nebudeme-li táhnout za jeden provaz, dostaneme každý svůj provaz.

(~ If we do not all pull at the same end of the rope, every of us will be granted his own rope.)
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Mám pocit ale, že se to bohužel nikdy nedozvím.
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