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The generic mood, in linguistics, is a mood used to make generalized comments about a class of thing. In English, generic verbs are not morphologically distinct from indicative. In most cases, generic statements can only be recognized by context and linguistic experience. Broadly conceived, linguistics is the study of human language, and a linguist is someone who engages in this study. ... In linguistics, many grammars have the concept of grammatical mood, which describes the relationship of a verb with reality and intent. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A verb is a part of speech that usually denotes action (bring, read), occurrence (to decompose (itself), to glitter), or a state of being (exist, live, soak, stand). Depending on the language, a verb may vary in form according to many factors, possibly including its tense, aspect, mood and voice. ... Morphology is the following: In linguistics, morphology is the study of the structure of word forms. ... In linguistics, many grammars have the concept of grammatical mood, which describes the relationship of a verb with reality and intent. ...

For instance, the sentence "Elephants are gray" could, strictly, be either generic or indicative. However, it is generally recognized as generic, due to the fact that the word "elephants" is not preceded by an article. If the sentence were reframed as "The elephants are gray", then it would seem to be an indicative statement, describing the nature of certain individual elephants. However, it could, in a strict sense, be a generic sentence as well, meaning what would generally be expressed as "Certain elephants are gray". The sentence "Elephants are white", if referring to certain white elephants, could be technically accurate. However, since it follows the pattern of a generic sentence, it would seem to be incorrect. Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Proboscidea is an order including only one extant family, Elephantidae or the elephants, with three species: the Savannah Elephant and Forest Elephant (which were collectively known as the African Elephant), and the Asian Elephant (formerly known as the Indian... Article may refer to multiple things: in grammar: grammatical article in medicine: a joint between two bones In a journal, magazine, or newspaper, an article is a piece of writing or essay on a topic. ... A white elephant (also albino elephant) is a rare kind of elephant. ...

Certain formations are less ambiguous, however. The sentence "A mother can always tell", for example, would never be regarded as an indicative sentence describing the nature of a particular mother, but as a generic sentence describing the intuitive abilities of mothers in general. To communicate the former concept, one would have to use the circumlocutive "A particular mother can always tell", or "This mother can always tell", etc. Mother with her child (Sculpture) A mother is typically the biological or social female parent of a child or offspring while the male parent is the father. ... Intuition has many meanings across many cultures, including: quick and ready insight seemingly independent of previous experiences and empirical knowledge immediate apprehension or cognition knowledge or conviction gained by intuition the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference. ... Periphrasis is a figure of speech where the meaning of a word or phrase is expressed by many or several words. ...

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Generic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (297 words)
Generic generally means pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific.
GENERIC formalism, a mathematical framework to describe irreversible phenomena in thermodynamics
A generic is the component of a place name that indicates the type of place.
Grammatical mood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2990 words)
Grammatical mood per se is not the same thing as grammatical tense or grammatical aspect, although these concepts are conflated to some degree in many languages, including English and most other modern Indo-European languages, insofar as the same word patterns are used to express more than one of these concepts at the same time.
This is unusual; in Finnish, for example, the conditional mood is used both in the main and the subordinate clauses.
The presumptive mood is used in Romanian to express presupposition or hypothesis regarding the fact denoted by the verb, as well as other more or less similar attitudes: doubt, curiosity, concern, condition, indifference, inevitability.
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