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1.4. Mood
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The term mood will be used here to refer to morphological categories of the verb that are used in specific semantic sentence types (declarative, interrogative, command, wish etc.). In Dutch, a distinction can be made between the indicative, the imperative, and (in more or lesss formulaic expressions) the subjunctive mood. We will discuss these cases in the order given here.

Example 159
a. Jan leest een boek.
indicative
  Jan reads  a book
  'Jan is reading a book.'
b. Lees dat boek!
imperative
  read  that book
  'Read that book!'
c. Lang leve de koningin!
subjunctive
  long  live  the Queen
  'Long live the Queen!'
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