There are 2 main translations of ngabe in isiZulu

: ngabe1ngabe2

ngabe1

should

conjunction

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    should
    would
    must
    ought to
    ‘Ukuba ibinokuqhuma ngabe seyiqhumile’ If it could have exploded, it would have exploded by now

There are 2 main translations of ngabe in isiZulu

: ngabe1ngabe2

ngabe2

interrogative adverb

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    (marks uncertain interrogative sentences)
    ‘Ngabe uyahamba manje, mfowethu?’ Are you going now, my brother?
    ‘Kungabe uyakukholwa lokhu?’ Do you believe this?

Usage

Unlike the interrogative "na", "ngabe" may appear at the start of a sentence.