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What is assumptive mood?



Assumptive mood is an epistemic mode that signals the speaker's belief that his statement is based on facts about what is usually the case in such circumstances.

Examples (English)
  • The word will (’ll) in the following constructions indicates assumptive mood:

    • They’ll be on holiday at the moment.
    • That’ll be the postman.

    Palmer 1986 62

      Assumptive mood is a kind of

    Palmer 1986 61–62

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