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What is prohibitive mood?



Prohibitive mood is a directive mood that signals a prohibition. It is distinguished by

  • the use of a negated imperative sentence that employs a negative marker distinct from that used in declarative sentences, or
  • a verb form different from that of the imperative.
Example (Greenlandic Eskimo)

Here is an example of prohibitive mood, which is signaled by the negative infinitive:

una attornagu
‘Do not disturb this.’

Sadock and Zwicky 1985 176

  Prohibitive mood is a kind of

Pei and Gaynor 1954 176, 228


Bybee 1985 173


Hartmann and Stork 1972 185


Sadock and Zwicky 1985 175–176

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