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What is deliberative mood?



Deliberative mood is a directive mood which signals the speaker's request for instruction from the addressee as to whether to do the proposition expressed in the utterance.

Example (English)
  • Shall I water the grass?
  • Example (Afar)

    The -oo suffix signals deliberative mood, as in aboo ‘Shall I do (it)?’

    Adapted from:

    Bliese 1981 146

      Deliberative mood is a kind of

    Palmer 1986 107–108


    Bliese 1981 146

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