Writing: A College Handbook - Verbs: Mood (Ch. 25)


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The mood of a verb or verb phrase indicates your attitude toward a statement as you make it. Do you think of it as a statement of fact? Then you will use the indicative mood. Do you think of it as a command? Then you will use the imperative. Do you think of it as a wish, a recommendation, or an imaginary condition? Then you will use the subjunctive.

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