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Hello, dearies! Your Style Maven is feeling especially pleased today; there was just enough rain to call for unfurling the lovely new umbrella, but not enough to cause the dreaded frizzies.
Balance in all things, you know.
Let’s look at moods today, shall we? While writing can be dark and serious or light and humorous, the word mood (or mode, in some cases) means something entirely different in the Chicago Manual of Style. Rather than feelings, a mood here refers to verbs expressing action.
First up, we have the indicative mood. The most common, this is quite simply a verb telling it like it is. These are the shoes that I bought today. In addition to stating a fact, the indicative mood can also ask a question. Are they available in leopard print?
Next, there’s everyone’s favorite, the imperative mood. Verbs disguised as divas, if you will. Don’t even think about wearing that shirt with that skirt. In addition to commands, an imperative mood can include requests (Bring me my brown pants!) or permission. Come in and see my walk-in closet.
The third mood is the subjunctive mood. This covers quite a lot of ground, and involves abstract and hypothetical concepts. If I were you, I wouldn't wear the purple and orange checked blouse. The subjunctive mood can also be used to convey demands (Her stylist insisted on that bob cut.) or wishes. If only I’d gone for the two-inch heel!
And there you have it. A mood for all occasions, and a handy cover-up excuse. “I’m not being bossy, I’m practicing my imperatives!” Well, I must dash. Leave a note describing your favorite mood, and remember: a well-turned phrase is always in style!