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Should it be 'would' in both cases? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, April 8, 2018 1:00:58 PM
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“If you could master the meaning of this sentence correctly, you will see the sacred teachings of the entire life of Shakyamuni Buddha as if they were reflected in the mirror and you will realise the significance of the three periods of propagation of the sutras as if you were watching it holding in your hands."

Should it be 'would' in both cases?

Thanks.
georgew
Posted: Sunday, April 8, 2018 3:10:21 PM
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Yes. Or remove "could."
leonAzul
Posted: Monday, April 9, 2018 12:30:30 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
“If you could master the meaning of this sentence correctly, you will see the sacred teachings of the entire life of Shakyamuni Buddha as if they were reflected in the mirror and you will realise the significance of the three periods of propagation of the sutras as if you were watching it holding in your hands."

Should it be 'would' in both cases?


You are correct, that would be the most logical way to write it.

Yet I am curious about the source. This would not be the first time I have seen something written from a mystical point of view that intentionally mixes tenses and moods in a non-standard way in order to express "timelessness".

"Make it go away, Mrs Whatsit," he whispered. "Make it go away. It's evil."
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