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Ænglisc / Old English - Lesson XI - Grammar & Grammatical Cases VII (The Indicative Mood):


Ƿesaþ ġē hāl!

If you missed the previous lesson (The Instrumental Case) click here -

Now, we go over the first of the three OE Moods - The Indicative Mood!

What is a mood - look here!!!

Put simply, the Indicative Mood is a verb form which makes a statement or asks a question. It is a definite statement - in opposition to the subjunctive case, which deals with theoritical statements (e.g. "if I were you...")

Example I:

(ModE) I am Luke

(OE) Iċ hātte Luc

Why is in the Indicative Mood? Because it is a definite statement. However, it wouldn''t be in this mood if I had said "If I were Luke" or "I I am Luke" as that isn't a definite statement!

Summary: The Indicative Mood is for definite statements and questions!

That is all for this lesson! For more information on the Indicative Mood, click here -

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Iċ þancie ēow!

September 6, 2016



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I believe she means regular English? : )


I mean that aswell :)


Old English is has not speak anymore, why some people learn it? It is better to learn regular English, logical :)


Because people like History, or want to read old texts in them (like Beowulf)


I'm from the Arab world from Iraq And you ??   I want you to talk to me in English but easy, I started a few days ago to learn the English language ...Do we begin??


talk on my stream, ok? later, I must work now.


Well thank you and goodbye :)


When Tafrgan tell me in your discussion of these.... PLEASE


Hello, my name is Chloe. I don't like asparagus.. it tastes SALTY. In the morning I wash my face with cats and fish


Welcome Chloe nice to meet you my name is Mariam and I also do not like asparagus I wash my face in the bathroom what your age Chloe


So, the indicative mood states something, or indicates it. It points to that something is the case, right?


Oh, and there's a follow up on this. If you have Tinycards and would like to expand your vocabulary of Old English, it is a great idea to look up the Old English course there is. It's made by an user called Gregory, IIRC. Despite the thing that it doesn't include many words, it is a fine thing to me.

Some of the words there Ieven didn't know, but some others were familiar from the course this discussion takes place in, and some were funnily enough the same as in my own language, hah.

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