There are three ways a verb can express an action or condition – indicative, imperative, and subjunctive.
The indicative mood is used to make factual statements or to ask questions.
The imperative mood is used to give orders or directions.
The subjunctive mood is used to express ideas, demands, and proposals.
We are using a Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar Textbook for our homeschool grammar lessons, but there are plenty of online resources to help you educate your child at home. The following online resources are intended for various grade levels. Check them out and use the ones that best suit your child’s needs.
Online Resources for Teaching the Subjunctive Mood
In the Mood: How to Teach the Subjunctive – The Busy Teacher
Tips for Teaching the Subjunctive Mood – ESL Library
Subjunctive – English Page
Using the Subjunctive Mood in English – Dummies
Creative Ways to Teach the Subjunctive – College Board
6 Forms of the Subjunctive Mood – Daily Writing Tips
The Subjunctive Mood – English Plus
Subjunctive Mood – English Club
Indicative Mood, Imperative Mood, and Subjunctive Mood – Really Learn English
Mood for Grammar – Talk English
Subjunctive Mood – ESL Glossary
The following resources are from various Teachers Pay Teachers stores.
Subjunctive Mood in English, Aligns with Common Core in L1a and 3a – Arlene Manemann
Comprehensive Guided Notes on the Present Subjunctive – Jennifer Stone
Here is a video for teaching the subjunctive mood.
One last note about verbs before moving on to pronouns: Voice
Voice is the form of a verb that tells us whether or not the subject is performing the action. There are two voices in English – active and passive.
The verb is active if the subject of the verb is performing the action. If the subject is receiving the action (not performing it), then the verb is passive.
Action verbs may be transitive or intransitive. If the action verb has a direct object, it is transitive. If the action verb does not have a direct object, it is intransitive.
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