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Chapter 5. Altered States: Verbs > Person, Number, and Mood - Pg. 53

Altered States: Verbs 53 Line 6:Incorporate eggs, one at a time, into creamed mixture. If the eggs will be from a farm of which you are the sole owner, you may have been eligible for a Fowl Credit. See Form 9871m, "For the Birds." Note:If you weighed 20 percent more (or higher) than your ideal weight (see chart on page 56), ignore this recipe and complete Schedule F, "Fresh Fruit Desserts." Answers Line 1: to exceed Line 2: had Line 3: is Line 4: choose, multiply, add, see Line 5: were, were Line 6: are from a farm, be eligible Note: weigh Person, Number, and Mood Verbs do it all. Well, not everything. They can't do the laundry, sing on key, or draw a straight line. I lied; so sue me. Actually, verbs can do a whole lot. Here are three things they show: · They show person. · They show number. · They show mood. In detail, maestro ... Person Remember that, concerning verbs, person is who or what experiences the action. Here's the crowd: · First person: the person speaking (I, me) · Second person: the one being spoken to (you) · Third person: the person being spoken about (he, she, they) Number Number shows how many subjects act or receive the action. · One subject: singular verb · More than one subject: plural verb Mood Mood shows the attitude expressed toward the action. It refers to the ability of verbs to convey a writer's attitude toward a subject. English has three moods: indicative, imperative, and subjunctive.