215. The indicative mood is that form of a
verb which represents a thing as a fact, or inquires about some fact.
Deals with facts.
216. The term
indicative is from the Latin indicare (to declare, or assert).
The indicative represents something as a fact,—
Affirms or denies.
(1) By declaring a thing to be true or not to be
Distinction is the consequence, never the object,
of a great mind.—Allston.
I do not remember when or by whom I was
taught to read; because I cannot and never could recollect a
time when I could not read my Bible.—D.
Assumed as a fact.
(2) By assuming a thing to be true without
declaring it to be so. This kind of indicative clause is usually introduced by
if (meaning admitting that, granting that, etc.), though,
although, etc. Notice that the action is not merely conceived as possible;
it is assumed to be a fact: for example,—
If the penalties of rebellion hung over an unsuccessful
contest; if America was yet in the cradle of her political existence; if her
population little exceeded two millions; if she was without government, without
fleets or armies, arsenals or magazines, without military
knowledge,—still her citizens had a just and elevated sense of her
(3) By asking a
question to find out some fact; as,—
Is private credit the friend and patron of
With respect to novels what shall I say?—N. Webster.