A few notes on Moods and Infinitives

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A few notes on Moods and Infinitives 1. What is a Mood? In grammatical terms, a mood means the attitude of the speaker toward what she is saying or doing. So, different moods serve different purposes – verb forms which state a fact ( you are studying, you studied ) belong to one mood (the Indicative ), while verb forms that give orders ( study! ) belong to another (the Imperative ). Some moods have multiple tenses (the Indicative and the Subjunctive ) while others have only one tense (the Imperative ). In Latin, there are three moods – the Indicative , the Imperative , and the Subjunctive . The Indicative is used to state the action of the verb – which means, to state or indicate facts. This is the most common mood and most of the verb forms used in everyday speech (whether in Latin or English) belong to the Indicative mood. The Imperative mood is used to give commands or orders to one or more persons. These are, grammatically speaking, called “You Commands” because they are directed outwards and do not include the speaker, who is giving an order to others. This is why the
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