optative mood


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Synonyms for optative mood

a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope

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6) Similarly, the optative mood in the Slave construction in (18) cannot be interpreted as marking the desire of the speaker without losing the purposive interpretation of the entire structure.
Claims to the latter are often made at the beginning and end of chapters and they are necessarily in the optative mood.
In William Faulkner's Light in August the Reverend Hightower defines a crucial event in Southern American history after which everything was radically different as that moment in 1863 (if memory serves) when the Southerner's world was still intact, when all was still in the optative mood.
Like Emerson, Poirier is in an optative mood, and, also like Emerson, he sees our intellectual heritage from the previous generation as being undemocratic and divisive.