How to Use Indicative Verbs

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Verbs have past, present and future tenses, but they also have moods: indicative, imperative and subjunctive. The indicative mood is the one used for simple statements of fact or opinion.

Uses of Indicative Mood Verbs

  • Indicative mood verbs are used to express facts: "I am a teacher." "She will be going to college next year." "John sat on the smallest chair." They can also show opinions: "I think Aliah is the best candidate for class president." "No one likes a show-off." Indicative mood can also be used for simple questions: "Are you going to the mall?" These verbs are best understood in contrast with the other moods. Imperative mood verbs, for example, show commands: "Hand in your papers, please." Subjunctive mood shows a wish or desire for something: "If I had a million dollars, I would be happy." Indicative mood is used for most explanatory writing. It creates a simple, matter-of-fact tone and is easy to read and understand. Use indicative mood for any factual or opinion-based writing such as letters, reports, personal essays and research papers.

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