There is something I've been wondering about and maybe you could help me out.
How many of you can name all the helping verbs? What about actually defining what the helping verb does in a sentence? And can you tell me if a helping verb ever be anything else?
I try to believe every day that what I am teaching my students is applicable to their lives in the "real" world*.
And yet at times, I think, gosh, will they really ever have to know or even understand what a helping verb is?
Do you use helping verbs in your daily life? I mean, with actual conscious thought and purpose? Maybe if you are an editor or a writer** or a language arts teacher. But for everyone else in this world, is it really all that important that you are able to recite the helping verbs to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down?"
Seriously. Is it?
*I refer to the world we all live in here, not the MTV reality show "Real World."
**I asked a writer I know and they weren't quite sure what they are either.