Indicative Verbs

Indicative mood is used for regular statements of fact—as well as for questions—which means that most verbs are in the indicative mood.

Want to indicate something? Use the indicative mood.

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Examples

" Viola screamed at the top of her lungs when Beyoncé took the stage."

Viola is a card-carrying member of the BeyHive. That's a fact—and that's why screamed is an indicative verb in this example.

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" The roller hockey players scatter every time a car comes down the street."

Game off! Here, scatter is an indicative verb because this is an ordinary statement of fact. Game on again!

" Did you order the pizza yet? We're starving."

In this example, the verb phrase did order is part of a question, so we used the indicative mood. Ugh. Now we're hungry.