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indicative mood



The mood of the verb used in ordinary statements: stating a fact, expressing an opinion, asking a question.

There are three major moods in English: the indicative mood is used to make factual statements or pose questions, the imperative mood to express a request or command, and the (rarely used) subjunctive mood to show a wish, doubt, or anything else contrary to fact.

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From the Latin, "stating"


  • "I caught the blackjack right behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my feet. I dived in. It had no bottom."
    (Dick Powell as Philip Marlowe, Murder, My Sweet, 1944)

  • "Money. You know what that is. The stuff you never have enough of. Little green things with George Washington’s picture that men slave for, commit crimes for, die for. It’s the stuff that has caused more trouble in the world than anything else ever invented. Simply because there’s too little of it."
    (Tom Neal as Al Roberts, Detour, 1945)

  • Joel Cairo: You always have a very smooth explanation.
    Sam Spade: What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?
    (Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart as Joel Cairo and Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon, 1941)

  • "There are only three ways to deal with a blackmailer. You can pay him and pay him and pay him until you’re penniless. Or you can call the police yourself and let your secret be known to the world. Or you can kill him."
    (Edward G. Robinson as Professor Richard Wanley, The Woman in the Window, 1944)

  • Betty Schaefer: Don't you sometimes hate yourself?
    Joe Gillis: Constantly.
    (Nancy Olson and William Holden as Betty Schaefer and Joe Gillis, Sunset Boulevard, 1950)

  • "She liked me. I could feel that. The way you feel when the cards are falling right for you, with a nice little pile of blue and yellow chips in the middle of the table. Only what I didn’t know then was that I wasn’t playing her. She was playing me, with a deck of marked cards . . .."
    (Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff, Double Indemnity, 1944)

  • "Laura considered me the wisest, the wittiest, the most interesting man she’d ever met. I was in complete accord with her."
    (Clifton Webb as Waldo Lydecker, Laura, 1944)

  • "Personally, I’m convinced that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young."
    (Eve Arden as Ida Corwin, Mildred Pierce, 1945)
Pronunciation: in-DIK-i-tiv mood
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