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TiggersMommy's picture
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Sentences

Where do you draw the line in terms of what constitutes a toddler sentence? Does it require a verb? A pronoun? Just a string or words that seem to be associated somehow?

For me, a two word sentence requires at least a subject and a noun or verb. Such as "Daddy cup!" or "Teagan fart!" A three word sentence would then include all three or two and some modifier. Such as "Daddy, give cup!" or "Teagan big fart!"

We're not in sentence territory yet by my standards. "Bye Bye Daddy/Doggy/Mama" just doesn't seem sentency to me. I just want to know what to mark in the baby book as her first sentence Wink

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I find that tough to judge so no answers for you!

If a sentence is two words - does "More Nana" (banana) count? If so, then Olivia started talking in sentences in February. She said "I want more" the beginning of March. "no, that's mine" & "I want that" are more recent. It's crazy how far ahead of her brother she is at the same age. She actually knows the color purple, and is counting to 5 (even if she doesn't understand what "counting" actually is). CRAZY!

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it just depends for me... i count "i hold it" or "i do it" as sentences. "daddy up" or"nathan night night" i dont count as sentences. he will occasionally ask a question like "why crying" when the dog is whining. or whats dat. those i am more inclined to count.

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Aiden has said, "I did it!" a few times which I count. But he mostly says "hi, kitty!" and "No, Elmo!" which I don't really count as sentences.

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the only thing Lucas says is all done which sounds like "ah da" i wouldn't count that

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Lyla has recently started saying, "Where did it go?" But it sounds like, "Where di igo" And she asked me one day, "Where's daddy?" But mostly she just points and whines or uses one word. Like when she points at the shelf in the kitchen and goes, "Cracker?" over and over again. So I would say she has one sentence.

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Teagan Big Fart--- ROFL That sounds like such your kiddo Erin. haha.
If it was me, I'd say anything that sounds more like a statement "I did it" "I went pee" 3 words or more sounds like it to me.

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

Lyla has recently started saying, "Where did it go?" But it sounds like, "Where di igo" And she asked me one day, "Where's daddy?" But mostly she just points and whines or uses one word. Like when she points at the shelf in the kitchen and goes, "Cracker?" over and over again. So I would say she has one sentence.

That's better communication than Aiden. He just whines and uses signs that I don't recognize and then melts down because I don't get it. lol

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Lainey's longest sentence is, "What the heck is going on here, Mommy?" :roll: She learned it from DD1. She is a parrot and will repeat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.

I think anything 3+ words is a sentence.

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"BuckeyeK" wrote:

Lainey's longest sentence is, "What the heck is going on here, Mommy?" :roll: She learned it from DD1. She is a parrot and will repeat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.

I think anything 3+ words is a sentence.

Wow, what a mouthful!!

I agree with others, 3 + words would get the sentence vote. Evan said "here you go" the other day, which sounded more like "he ygo."

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I agree with 3+ words, although I think Verb+ Object with an implied subject totally counts too (like commands, such as "Tickle me!" or "Hold this!"). We just really got pronouns over here. The past couple of weeks have been awesome with "I dropped it!" and "Daddy bites me" and such.

She still does a lot of "[garble garble garble] word word!" type talking, which I think SHE understands as actual words the whole way through but I only get the gist from the last couple. Getting there...