Verb Mood Examples
Let's review. A verb expresses an action or state of being in the sentence.
You already know that a verb's tense refers to when the action occurs.
The mood of a verb refers to manner or attitude in which the action is expressed. Verbs-the actions or states of being they express-can be stated as facts, wishes, possibilities, or commands.
The English language has three verb moods:
1) Indicative Mood-expresses fact, opinion, assertion, question; this is the mood for most of our verbs.
2) Imperative Mood-expresses a command; imperative sentences are written in the imperative mood-remember that the subject is often an understood "you".
3) Subjunctive Mood-expresses a wish for something to be true, or expresses something that is contrary to what actually is
Examples of sentences with verbs having indicative mood:
1) I want a chocolate ice cream cone.
2) Atlanta is the capital of Georgia.
3) Coconut tastes funny.
4) Are you going to the party?
Examples of sentences with verbs having imperative mood:
1) Clean your room, now.
2) Martha, put your paper in the box.
3) Show your work on the math test.
Examples of sentences with verbs having subjunctive mood:
1) If only I were at the beach right now.
2) I wish you had brought your new bike.
3) If I were you, I would be excited about the play.
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