Conditional Grammatical Mood

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A Conditional Grammatical Mood is a Grammatical Mood in a Sentence for a Verb that refers to a hypothetical state of affairs.



  • (Wikipedia, 2021) ⇒ Retrieved:2021-2-24.
    • The conditional mood (abbreviated) is a grammatical mood used in conditional sentences to express a proposition whose validity is dependent on some condition, possibly counterfactual.

      It may refer to a distinct verb form that expresses the conditional set of circumstances proper in the dependent clause or protasis (e.g. in Turkish or Azerbaijani), or which expresses the hypothetical state of affairs or uncertain event contingent to it in the independent clause or apodosis, or both (e.g. in Hungarian or Finnish). Some languages distinguish more than one conditional mood; the East African language Hadza, for example, has a potential conditional expressing possibility, and a veridical conditional expressing certainty. Other languages do not have a conditional mood at all . In some informal contexts, such as language teaching, it may be called the "conditional tense".

      Some languages have verb forms called "conditional" although their use is not exclusive to conditional expression. Examples are the English or French conditionals (an analytic construction in English,but inflected verb forms in French), which are morphologically futures-in-the-past, and of which each has thus been referred to as a "so-called conditional" ( ) in modern and contemporary linguistics (e.g. French , from Late Latin , in , "if you allowed me to do so, I would sing" [so-called conditional] vs. , "I said that I would sing" [future-in-the-past]). The English would construction may also be used for past habitual action ("When I was young I would happily walk three miles to school every day").

      This article describes the formation of the conditional forms of verbs in certain languages. For fuller details of the construction of conditional sentences, see Conditional sentence (and for English specifically, English conditional sentences).


    • QUOTE: The conditional mood is used to express uncertainty, particularly (but not exclusively) in conditional clauses. In the phrase "If I were king, you would be queen", "were" is subjunctive while "would be" is conditional. The conditional mood is sometimes considered a tense rather than a mood.