subjunctive mood for freelance writersBy Allison VanNest of

Here at Grammarly, there are few rules in the English language that give us a hard time. We get excited about split infinitives, comma splices, and dangling prepositions, but the subjunctive mood gives even dedicated word nerds like us some real difficulty.

English is a moody language even if we don’t always think of it that way. In grammar, a mood doesn’t tell you whether a verb is happy or sad. Instead, it shows a writer’s attitude toward what he or she has written.

Basically, verb tense tells the reader when something happened, while verb mood tells the reader whether it’s a statement, a command, or a hypothetical.

While other Romance languages, such as French and Spanish, have more complicated grammatical moods, English actually has three distinct moods: the indicative, imperative, and subjunctive.

Indicative mood

We almost always use the indicative mood, which states a fact or describes the world as it is. The indicative mood is used for both statements and questions, and the familiar rules of grammar apply.

Indicative mood examples:

The cat is licking the butter again.

Marjorie wants three kinds of cake at the reception.

Will you be attending the duke’s soiree?

Imperative mood

The imperative mood is less common, but you’ve no doubt encountered it before. This mood is used to issue commands. These commands have the implied subject of “you” and therefore take second-person verbs forms.

Imperative mood examples:

Have a seat.

Take one and pass it down.

Watch out for that blimp!

The subjunctive mood

So what about the subjunctive mood? Though it’s rarely used in English, it’s worth mastering. The subjunctive mood indicates something that’s unlikely happen or a state of wishful thinking. [click to continue…]



In the post, Secret Freelance Writing DreamsI talked about a dream of mine to write about cats in some sort of kids book. I’d gotten intrigued with Jon Bard’s Kindle Kids Mastery Course.

Since Amazon has made a huge commitment to ebooks for kids with their  Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition and the free(!) software to create heavily illustrated ebooks it seemed the perfect time for me to widen my horizons.

Today I jumped into the course. I’m impressed.

The first thing I noticed is that most of the video modules also have a .pdf transcript. I am not one who learns easily by video – I want to be able to go back and forth in a way that only text allows me. That said, the videos are nicely done and so far pretty short.

The instructions work

More importantly than my personal preferences, the lessons work, or they will if I absorb and follow them. How do I know? Because I’m a writer and even though I’ve never written a book for children, I do know what it takes to get a book of any sort written.  [click to continue…]


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