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    Hello everyone,

    I am working on a painting titled "Death is for the living". It has taken a "day of the dead" sort of turn and I would like to translate the title to spanish. My grasp of the language is rudimentary, is "la muerte es para la vida" a correct translation?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staticomatic
    Hello everyone,

    I am working on a painting titled "Death is for the living". It has taken a "day of the dead" sort of turn and I would like to translate the title to spanish. My grasp of the language is rudimentary, is "la muerte es para la vida" a correct translation?

    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Hi staticomatic. You describe your understanding as "rudimentary", but you did pretty well. "Vida" means life, so your translation would be "Death is for life". While that is interesting, what you are looking for is "La muerte es para los vivos".

    Good luck!

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    "los vivos"!

    thank you, scottj

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    Yes, that's a good suggestion, Scott!

    But, mind you! In Argentina, someone "vivo" or "avivado" is also a person who gets profit or advantage from a situation, usually by illegitimate or unethical means.

    The suggested version wouldn't be wrong. And, of course, the idea is perfectly understood in context. However, there would be an underlying meaning...

    If you prefer to avoid subtle interpretations, you could also say "La muerte es para los que estamos vivos".

    Hope it helps!
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    I am familiar with the connotation of "vivo" in Argentina, but I couldn't think of another way of stating it simply. The original title is short and I like to reflect that in the translation...

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    Of course, Scott! And I agree with your point!

    I only wanted to make reference to such connotation just in case... Unless this translation is specifically oriented to a particular sector in Argentina, I would go for your suggestion.
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    I like Scott's translation. I would translate it the same way.

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    I have to say that I agree with Guadalupe, though ScottJ's translation is perfect!

    I suggest (just for fun):

    - La muerte es para los que siguen vivos.

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    Even if in Spain we also use vivo as an adjective with that same meaning that Guadalupe mentioned, I believe any native speaker can easily see the difference between vivo = alive and vivo = shrewd. It's not unusual that many words have more than just one meaning and the context clarifies which one applies.

    I think that using other verbs (like estar or seguir) might add a little nuance that is not in the original so I'd also use Scott's suggestion.

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