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# Can anyone translate the phrase "The world is dogged by other people" into Latin?

Someone who knows Latin would be nice.

Update:

in fact, change 'dogged' to 'made more determined'.

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Thanks for making the change. Would not have known for sure what you meant by 'dogged'.

Mundus firmior ab aliis facitur.

This is a different tack from the answer above, and was basically borrowed from Cicero. In Cicero's Orationes Phillippicae:

Senatum bene firmum firmiorem fecistis = You have made the Senate, which was already determined, more determined still.

Used the same verb and adjective, changing the verb to passive.

Mundus certior aliis fit.

Mundus - Nominative (subject) "The World"

Certior - Comparative adjective, "more resolved," "more determined," "more sure," and other translations like that

Aliis - Ablative plural "by others." I used a substantive adjective here (An adjective which has no noun to modify, so the noun is implied by gender. For example, in English from a Latin saying, "Fortune favors the bold. There is no noun for "bold" to modify, so we understand it as "the bold people") because it is more refined that "aliis populis" or "aliis viribus," meaning, "other people" and "other men," respectively. This is also most likely how a Roman would have phrased it.

Fit - "becomes"

I hope this helps.

Note to other people that know Latin: if you are as confused as I was about "certior" being nominative, remember that "fit" is in Latin, as "to become" is in English, a linking verb, thus making "certior" a predicate adjective. Since this renames the subject, it must be in the same case. For further proof, look at "Vae, puto deus fio," stated by Vespasian. He also uses fio, but what he becomes, "deus," is in the nominative because it is the predicate nominative.

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