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Question

Read the excerpt from Amy Tan’s essay “Mother Tongue.”
I know this for a fact, because when I was growing up, my mother’s “limited” English limited my perception of her. I was ashamed of her English. I believed that her English reflected the quality of what she had to say. That is, because she expressed them imperfectly her thoughts were imperfect.
Which word best describes Tan’s language in this excerpt?
academic
authoritative
conversational
playful

2 Answer

  • c. conversational
    note her use of words
  • Answer:

    c) Conversational

    Explanation:

    Conversational language is casual language/verbally expressed language. It is utilized with companions and in casual settings. Contrasts in conversational language contrasted with formal language include:  

    • Slang  
    • Frequently used words
    • Less attention to grammar
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