Last week we discussed how the imperative mood is used to express requests or commands (particularly in those delicious Thanksgiving recipes). The indicative mood is used to make statements, express facts, or pose questions. We often see the indicative mood when we talk about history or stories in the news.
We form the indicative mood by using a subject plus a verb (in any tense). We can use the indicative mood to express statements, facts, or questions.
- Veterans Day commemorates all of those people who have served in the military.
- World War I ended on November 11, 1918.
- Who is a veteran?
- "Who is a Veteran?
"They are men and women who, for many reasons, donned the uniform of our country [the United States] to stand between freedom and tyranny; to take up the sword of justice in defense of the liberties we hold dear; to preserve peace and to calm the winds of war. . . .
"By their example of courage under fire, they raised up a new nation, inspired by the dignity of the common man -- a nation blessed with heroes and heroes' dreams. That is leadership of the highest quality. That is America's leadership legacy."
-VA Secretary Anthony J. Prinicipi, July 2, 2003
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