Potential mood

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(Gram.) that form of the verb which is used to express possibility, liberty, power, will, obligation, or necessity, by the use of may, can, must, might, could, would, or should; as, I may go; he can write.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Give me the verb `to be,' potential mood, past perfect tense."
Plus, a potential mood boost isn't the only benefit: exercise of any type can also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, which, as the study's authors point out, is the leading cause of death in people suffering from major depressive disorder.
Researchers also administered the Profile of Mood States (POMS) in one of the cohorts in order to gain insight into potential mood disturbances that may affect physical activity and REE.
The pediatricians' job with these children is to recognize a potential mood disorder in terms of depressive symptoms, agitation, and irritability.
According to Dr Mariotti: "The results of this study provide preliminary insights into possible molecular mechanisms of action of phenytoin as a potential mood stabilizer and, more in general, the pathophysiology of bipolar disorders".
Jimmy Nail's Crocodile Shoes with its melancholy lyrics and regular references to crying was a popular choice to sum up the potential mood of the Newcastle fans Fog on the Tyne by Lindisfarne and then Gazza was another favourite given the storm clouds engulfing the north east's supposed hotbed of football at the moment.
By regulating sleep and maintaining consistent sleep-wake schedules, potential mood disturbances can be prevented and/or minimized.
Increased awareness of the symptoms of a potential mood disorder in children may help school counselors refer children for appropriate assessment and treatment.
The final part of the article makes an attempt to solve the origin of the na-forms--did they develop from the potential mood, or do they represent a specific development based on the past participle.
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