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Edited by Tom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthur and Lise Fontaine

in The Oxford Companion to the English Language

Second edition

Published in print May 2018 | ISBN: 9780199661282
Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191744389

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In traditional grammar, a term for a type of finite clause. Languages vary in terms of the number of moods that are grammatically expressed in the language. Each type generally corresponds to a purpose or use. For example, for the three moods customarily recognized for English, the ...

Reference Entry.  134 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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