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What is obligative mood?



Obligative mood is a directive mood that signals the speaker's estimation of the necessity that the proposition expressed in his or her utterance be brought about.

Examples (English)
  • You must do as I say.
  • She has to leave.
  Obligative mood is a kind of

Nida 1949 169


Chung and Timberlake 1985 247


Palmer 1986 98


Sharma 1982 189–190

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