Grammatical mood - le mode - is a way of categorising the attitude reflected in the way a verb is used.

In both French and English, there are four moods:

  1. Indicative - used for facts and real situations
  2. Imperative - used for commands and requests
  3. Conditional - used for something contingent upon something else
  4. Subjunctive - used for subjective and hypothetical events or situations

Also see: Tense / Mood