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Are you in a good mood today? Part one. Intermediate English, Lesson 10

  • March 17, 2016
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Today is high time for you to revise, and for some of you to learn different moods in English. Once again remember: this is simple!

There are only three moods in English: Indicative, Imperative, and Subjunctive.

Some of my students want to make such mistake, but please, note, we can’t say that Conditional is a mood.

Let’s discover the Indicative, and Imperative moods today.Lesson 10

Indicative mood shows real actions:

  • You work from 10 am to 18 pm.
  • The bus arrives at 9.45 am.
  • We dislike sweets.
  • It is usual for him not to sleep during the whole day.
  • I know, you are right.
  • Sorry, could you wait a minute?
  • Where are the children?
  • Do you want some more juice?
  • She will be here in half an hour.
  • May I come in?

Imperative mood expresses orders, demands, offers, and prohibitions.

We form the Imperative mood in three ways:

1) We use the infinitive without “to”:

  • Stop this!
  • Dance! Dance! Dance!
  • Don’t do that.
  • Help yourself.
  • Make yourself at home.
  • Hurry! Hurry up!
  • Be my guest.
  • Take a seat.
  • Please, sit down.
  • Come in.
  • Come here, kitten. Don’t be afraid.

2) We use “let” + infinitive without “to”:

  • Let’s study the further examples!
  • Let’s go to the cinema.
  • Let it be.
  • Don’t let me go.
  • Don’t let him in!
  • Let’s not argue about the past.
  • Let her go. She will be back.
  • Let’s ask him. He knows everything, I am sure.
  • Let me say.
  • Let’s go by bus. I dislike trains.

3) We use the Imperative phrase + will/won’t you, would you, can/can’t you, could you, etc.

  • Post this letter for me, could you?
  • Don’t tell anyone about it, won’t you?
  • Don’t stay here, can’t you?
  • Go there, will you?
  • Don’t ask anyone about me, won’t you?
  • Tell the chief that I feel bad, would you?

You have already heard these phrases during our classes, haven’t you?

Now we just discovered how to use these moods correctly.

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