In English, generally speaking, an idea of conditional is expressed by a sentence with a dependent clause (and usually with the conjunction "if"):
- If it rains, the picnic will be cancelled.
The dependent clause can be a non-finite clause:
- Weather permitting, we will go there on foot.
In addition, being expressed by a relative clause is also possible:
- Anyone who should do that would be laughed at.
Can we use several independent clauses to express an idea of conditional? YES. However, we may face much limitation.
- Give him an inch and he will take a mile.
In this example, the first independent clause conveys the meaning of imperative. If the first independent clause does not convey the meaning of imperative, the whole sentence may be unacceptable.
- Sound in body, sound in mind.
This sentence conveys the meaning of conditional paratactically. However, forms like this may only appear in idioms.
My question: Can we use several independent clauses to express an idea of conditional without too much limitation? (in certain languages, not limted to English)