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I am trying to help my 1st grader with his homework....

The sentence is
Where _____ your mom?
add verb in the blank...
I told him "is" is the word, he says no, because you "can't is" lol
so what would you put here?

 
SWEETPEAS3MOM

Asked by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 4:29 PM on Apr. 20, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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Answers (9)
  • "But I found it is a "be" verb....whatever THAT is"

    To be: I am, we are, you are, he/she/it IS, they are. That's a "be" verb. :)
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 4:37 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • "Is" is a verb.
    MeandMyBabes

    Answer by MeandMyBabes at 4:34 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • WOW. I googled that one and there sure are some wild debates out there. But I found it is a "be" verb....whatever THAT is :)

    Good luck. BTW did you know some school teach them that W is a vowel (sometimes not a ruled vowel)
    brypmom

    Answer by brypmom at 4:35 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • Tell him "is" is special. Conjugate "be" for him--not that he'll understand it. But I don't know of anything else that would fit there, unless you want to get semi-archaic and say "goes", lol.
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 4:36 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • It's going be a "being verb". In this case it will be either is or was. He's right that verbs are action words, but you'll just have to explain to him there are other verbs as well that aren't necessarily action words. Give "was" a try and see if he like that better then "is".
    SAHMinIL2

    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 4:43 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • Thank y'all very much, I was hoping I wasn't going crazy here lol...
    I think its wrong to throw a trick question on a 1st grader. He is totally confused!
    SWEETPEAS3MOM

    Comment by SWEETPEAS3MOM (original poster) at 4:48 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • W and Y are sometimes vowels. W is a vowel when it's used as a diphthong. For example the word cow has the diphthong ow; so in the word cow the w is a "vowel". It's nothing new. I have readers dated 1800's that I use to help teach my kids to read. These old readers teach that W is sometimes a vowel.
    SAHMinIL2

    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 4:50 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • I have never heard of the w as a vowel thing but ok then....
    SWEETPEAS3MOM

    Comment by SWEETPEAS3MOM (original poster) at 4:53 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • where was your mom?
    MarGeee

    Answer by MarGeee at 5:20 PM on Apr. 20, 2011