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Old March 08, 2011, 02:53 PM
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Translation for a tattoo

Hi,
I was hoping someone would be able to help me with a translation. Im looking to get a tattoo that says 'death is a debt i must repay' but in spanish. I have tried translating this and was hoping someone could confirm if i have done it right or if not help me translate the sentence correctly.

i have translated the above phrase into spanish as:-

La muerte es una deuda que debo saldar

is this correct??
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Old March 08, 2011, 03:35 PM
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Im looking to get a tattoo that says 'death is a debt i must repay' but in spanish.

La muerte es una deuda que debo pagar.
Just one thing needs changed.

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Old March 08, 2011, 03:41 PM
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thanks for the response, nice to know my spanish isnt as bad as i thought...... could you use saldar if you were to say it was a debt i must settle rather than pay??
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Old March 08, 2011, 03:47 PM
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You may, yes. Both terms are used. I think pagar would be the more frequently used of the two, though.

pagar = pay and repay
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Just out of curiosity, what does the expression actually mean in English?

Ah, I think I get it as meaning it's something you can't avoid. My first thoughts were, "huh, murder?" :P
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"La muerte es una deuda que debo saldar" is OK. I would choose this option.
"La muerte es una deuda que debo pagar" is also OK, with more used words, but sounds less poetic....
literally:
"La muerte es una deuda que debo saldar" ('death is a debt i must settle/repay/pay up)
"La muerte es una deuda que debo pagar" ('death is a debt i must pay)

For a common usage Rusty's option "pagar" is much better ("saldar " is less used today, only for debts/mortgage) but for a tatto is more powerful "saldar"

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