Declarative Mood for intermediate learners

There are different types of moods in English. Each shows a special manner toward the subject. In this article, we will focus on the declarative mood.

What Is "Declarative Mood" in the English Grammar

What Is Declarative Mood?

The declarative mood, also known as the indicative mood, is used to describe a verb form that states a fact or an action. Sentences in this mood are typically in the form of an affirmative statement and are used to make a statement or convey information.


All sentences in the declarative mood end in a period. Take a look at the examples below:

He isn't old enough to drive a car.

You should tell the boss about your problem.

The Differences Between Declarative and Imperative Moods

The main difference between the imperative and declarative moods is their intended function. The imperative mood is used to give commands or express requests, while the declarative mood is used to make statements or convey information. While both moods end with a period, it is important to differentiate them based on their intended meaning.
Let us look at some examples below:

Close the door Anna.

Please note that both an exclamation mark'!' and a dot '.' can be used in the imperative form.

World War III is starting.

As you can see, the above statement is a simple announcement.

The Differences Between Declarative and Interrogative Moods

The interrogative statement is used to ask questions and always ends with a question mark, while the declarative statement is used to state a fact or express an opinion and ends with a period.
Take a look at the examples below:

Do you know who I am?

Here, the sentence is asking a question therefore it is an interrogative statement.

I want to talk to the manager.

As you can see, this is just an announcement which is a declarative statement.


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