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Note 97 – The indicative mood (verbs)

Verbs have three moods which I will cover in separate blogs.  Today I am going to explain the indicative mood (the mood being the form that the verb takes and how it is meant to be understood by the reader). 

The indicative mood is the most common of all three moods and “used for normal statements and questions” according to Bernard C Lamb in his book The Queen’s English.

Here are some examples:

  • The house is painted white.
  • I always eat breakfast at 6am.
  • Would you like sugar in your tea?
  • There were six eggs left in the box.

Tomorrow I will cover the imperative mood.  Hope you have enjoyed reading today’s blog.  Don’t forget that you can subscribe to receive them daily by email so that you don’t miss any. Just click ‘sign me up’ on the home page.

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Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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