chapter  11
14 Pages

Forming and Using Verbs in the Indicative, Imperative, Interrogative, Conditional, and Subjunctive Moods

WithSean Ruday

This chapter discusses verb moods, describing the features of key verb moods and the role they play in effective writing. The chapter begins by defining what a verb mood is and discussing the attributes of the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive moods. After that, it explains why each of these moods is important to good writing, providing published examples of each one and unpacking why an author would use each mood. Next, the chapter presents a classroom snapshot section, which describes the author’s experience teaching this concept to an eighth-grade class. The chapter then provides key recommendations for teaching students about the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive verb moods. It ends with a bulleted list of final thoughts on this topic.