Is my grammar correct?

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gtrGeek55
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Is my grammar correct?

Post by gtrGeek55 » Sat 05.25.2013 2:56 am

I've translated "Be here now" into 今ここに (Ima koko ni). Is that correct grammar? This is important to me as I would like to get this as a tattoo.

Please let me know, thanks!
"It is never too late to be who you might have been."
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Re: Is my grammar correct?

Post by Ongakuka » Sat 05.25.2013 3:43 am

今ここに is vague to the point of not really making any sense (unless it leads on to some sort of advertisement or something.)

Are you wanting to say 'Be here now' as your words to a loved one, or is it more of a philosophical kind of 'live in the moment' type thing?
なぜなら、おまえは・・・・・・人形だ

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Re: Is my grammar correct?

Post by gtrGeek55 » Sat 05.25.2013 6:14 am

okay, thanks Ongakuka. I am going for more of the philosophical "live in the moment" thing.
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Re: Is my grammar correct?

Post by SomeCallMeChris » Sat 05.25.2013 9:28 am

live in the present moment
今のこの瞬間を生きる

http://eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=live+in+the+moment

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Re: Is my grammar correct?

Post by Ongakuka » Sat 05.25.2013 9:46 am

I like classical (old) Japanese so my suggestion would be 今こそここに在れ

こそ emphasizes 今 (now, as oppose to any other time)

在れ is the original verb 'to be.'
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Re: Is my grammar correct?

Post by gtrGeek55 » Sat 05.25.2013 1:19 pm

awesome, thanks SomeCallMeChris and Ongakuka. I appreciate the help. :) I like the classical version and that it emphasizes the word "now".
"It is never too late to be who you might have been."
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