chapter  11
Imperative and subjunctive moods
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Unlike the indicative mood, which typically declare facts, the imperative and subjunctive moods are generally non-declarative. In Swahili, the imperative mood expresses strong requests in the affirmative form, while the subjunctive mood expresses negative requests, as well as weak and indirect requests. The subjunctive is also used in subordinate clauses to imply the connotation of “possibility”, as opposed to “factual statements” that use verbs in the infinitive form or in the indicative mood.