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Conditional clauses, use of 'if, then, else' in major non-English languages?

In many languages, for example Bengali, the word comparable to if is optional and frequently absent, whereas the word marking the apodosis (usually with a similar function to then) is mandatory, ...
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What is the difference between if and if-then?

There is no widely successful account, in linguistics or in philosophy, which gives distinct truth conditions for conditionals with and without then—Davis (1983) notwithstanding. In contrast, a ...
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"I don't know if they escaped" / "If they escaped, they're long gone" - Conditional protases and interrogative clauses

Let's start with subordinate closed interrogative clauses, since I think in Vietnamese, they work pretty much the same way as in English: If Bertha accepted that offer, she's crazy. Translation: ...
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"I don't know if they escaped" / "If they escaped, they're long gone" - Conditional protases and interrogative clauses

Even though I'm not quite sure about the exact definition of "conditional protases" (or "antecedents"), especially in the first language of my own (Thai), I believe it's safe enough to make these ...
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"I don't know if they escaped" / "If they escaped, they're long gone" - Conditional protases and interrogative clauses

Conditional sentences in Farsi (Persian) can be classified into two categories, depending on whether they do or not have a conditional word (a conjunction, a fused relative type of thing, etc.). None ...
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Conditional clauses, use of 'if, then, else' in major non-English languages?

As for the order of things: "In conditional statements, the conditional clause precedes the conclusion as the normal order in all languages. (...) (Greenberg 1963: 84, #14) (https://typo.uni-...
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What are the relations between the different conditionals?

OK, after doing a bit of research on the terms you have listed, here is my understanding. First off, you are mixing classifications systems, or "comparing apples to oranges" as we say in English. The ...
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Can we use several independent clauses to express an idea of conditional without too much limitation?

Yes, we can. Here is an example from English: Have you been in an accident? Call our team now on 07123 45678. That second sentence is only meant to apply if you have been in an accident. Questions ...
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"I don't know if they escaped" / "If they escaped, they're long gone" - Conditional protases and interrogative clauses

The reason for the grammatical kinship between antecedents and questions is that they play corresponding roles in human reasoning. Questions are the conversational counterparts to antecedents. ...
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"I don't know if they escaped" / "If they escaped, they're long gone" - Conditional protases and interrogative clauses

In Modern Hebrew, embedded questions are introduced by im 'if', which also introduces conditional protases. E.g.: Im hu ba-bayt, daber ito. "If he is at home, speak to him." Ani lo yodea im ...
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