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What is assumptive mood?

 

Definition
 

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.
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    Source:

    Palmer 1986 62

    Generic
      Assumptive mood is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Palmer 1986 61–62


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