Wine. Soft music. I bet you know what I’m in the mood for.
I mean, who isn’t? It’s such a sexy thing, good grammar. Even sexier when you break the ‘rules’ and rebel. That’s right, baby – end my sentence with a preposition. Come on, split my infinitive. Oh, yes….
Mood is a state of mind. It is the way you are feeling, an expression of emotional state. Grammatical mood is the quality of a verb that tells us the writer’s attitude. See, I knew us writer’s had ‘tude.
Bagels and doughnuts….round food for every mood. ~ Chandler Bing
There are three core grammatical moods.
Indicative mood makes factual statements, asserts, denies or questions.
Imperative mood commands, prohibits, requests.
Subjunctive mood doubts, suggests, and wishes.
There is a fourth mood that deserves a little attention – Infinitive. An infinitive is usually the basic form of a verb with “to” in front of it: to go, to walk, to sing. Or – if you’re in the mood - to boldly go, to quickly walk, to loudly sing. Oh yeah, I split those infinitives and overused ‘ly adverbs. I guess I’m in a defiant mood. A rebel without a clause.
Infinitive mood expresses action or a state without referring to a subject. Verbs in the infinitive mood are not being used as verbs, but as other parts of speech:
Many other moods are “grammarized” – hortative, dubitative, optative, hypothetical, conditional, and potential to name only a few.
It is clear that, like me, grammar has many moods. In life, moods can be fleeting. But in writing – that mood is set in stone. Or at least on paper. So make it a good one! Or a bad one. Or sexy. Or whatever fits in your writing pajamas.
On a bad day, I have mood swings – but on a good day, I have the whole mood playground. ~ Charles Rosenblum