Confusing issue

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Q:

 

1) If you were able to meet your mother, what question would you ask?

2) If you are able to meet your mother, what question will you ask?


An adoptee is looking for her birth mother and someone asked the #1 question and I thought #2 is better because #1 implies the chance to be able to meet your mom is almost impossible. So I think that the #2 sounds better and polite. What do you native English speakers think?

 

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A:

 

a : I agree with you.

b : I, in contrast, see no significant difference in politeness.

I also do not think the use of the second conditional implies that its condition is almost impossible to satisfy. Rather, it just means the speaker is thinking in theoretical terms, whether the condition is satisfied or not.

 

I have asked the question already and I got two different answers and I would like you to elaborate on this issue if you do not mind. And what I cannot understand is b's relpy so could you tell me what it means? 

 

Thank you.

 

P.S "Also" can be used with "not'?

edited Apr 15 '13 at 05:26 Hans Contributor

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