On Sun, Dec 16, 2012 at 9:29 PM, neo gu <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > How do you handle contrary-to-fact conditions and conclusions in your conlang(s), such as "If I were you, I wouldn't do that"? Ilion uses the subjunctive mood for contrafactuals (and hypothetical statements generally). It's applied to the verb of the matrix clause, which is the apodosis*. I realize "subjunctive" is a bit of a misnomer here since it's not limited to dependent clauses, but I prefer it to "irrealis". Aspect and tense are independent of mood in Ilion verbs, so there are no restrictions there. For a brief moment I'd considered having a transitive modal auxiliary for conditionals. Then sanity kicked in. Ekmar Tenkar, Kulaqil, and Samadurian are still up in the air. *Mood marking on the verb of the protasis is the difference between an "if" conditional (subjunctive) and a "when" conditional (indicative). The imperative is probably not allowed in this position.