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What is declarative mood?



Declarative mood is an epistemic mood that signals that the proposition expressed by a speaker’s utterance is offered as an unqualified statement of fact.


The term indicative is used in a narrow sense as a synonym of declarative. In its broad usage, indicative is approximately equivalent in meaning to realis.

  Declarative mood is a kind of

Palmer 1986 26–27


Sadock and Zwicky 1985 165–166


Hartmann and Stork 1972 144


Crystal 1980 85


Palmer 1986 70, 83


Pei and Gaynor 1954 99


Crystal 1980 183


Mish 1991 613

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