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optative:

see moodmood
or mode,
in verb inflection, the forms of a verb that indicate its manner of doing or being. In English the forms are called indicative (for direct statement or question or to express an uncertain condition, e.g.
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This elevated, optative, kingdom-oriented theme also interacts in subtle ways with an important early function for psalms, their use for public worship at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Then he looks at some of the dispositions cultivated by the narrative, particularly feelings of helplessness, knowingness, shame, and a peculiar attitude he calls optative.
In the Athapaskan language Slave (Rice 1989:1259-1261), purpose constructions are marked by the complementizer gha and the use of optative mood on the verb of the purpose clause, as illustrated in (18) below, where the verb 'eat' in the clause denoting the purpose is marked as optative.
Appendix 1: Abbreviations A transitive subject ANG ang-class intransitive subject or object (historically an old neuter) DEM demonstrative FUT future IMP imperative HAB habitual INCH inchoative ITER iterative O object OBL oblique OPT optative pl plural PP past perfective PST past sg singular 1, 2, 3 first, second, third person > 'acts upon', for example, 3p1A>30 'third person plural subject acts upon third person singular object'.
For more than thirty years ecologists have been announcing this "emergence" in an optative mood.
if the plays are not being performed it is difficult to sustain discussion in this area, apart from the historical or optative modes one might advance'.
But authority shifts back to the man when he refuses to stop talking, and Jig's final questions ask permission, as optative imperatives, to end the conversation.
13) However, beyond the fact that a lustrous nationalistic vision of this sort would be expected in such an address to a royal patron, the figuration of the poet's task as a literal exhumation of decayed, dusty relics ("poudreuses reliques" line 7) from the tomb, along with the expression of his hope for the king via a laborious optative subjunctive (line 9), casts serious doubt on the possibility of such a rebirth.
The duende often enters American art when what Emerson calls "the optative mood" turns into a struggle to save one's soul.
Claims to the latter are often made at the beginning and end of chapters and they are necessarily in the optative mood.
Though all criticism is an expression of desire, is in effect in the optative mood, Trouard's wears its desire like a motto on a warrior's breastplate.
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.