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What if they worked?
This public article was written by Backyard Faerie, and last updated on 25 Jul 2018, 23:49.
5. QuestionsQuestions phrased using the conditional aspect are unusual in that there are two possible meanings:
1: The speaker is asking if something would be done when the established condition is met
2: The speaker is asking whether or not something is able to be done
An example sentence would be "mao in tang min, dao in je fi?" and this can be translated as either;
1: If you saw him, would you go?
2: If you see him, are you able to/can you go?
Note: Context will usually fill this in but sometimes this ambiguity is used for artistic effect in poems, songs and other such works.