3. Which of these statements is true?
A. The colloquialisms that J. D. Salinger used in “Catcher in the Rye” help to illustrate the mindset of his narrator and make him understandable to the average American reader.
B. Shakespeare used colloquial language by creating many new words that we use today.
C. Not even speakers of the Scottish dialect would immediately understand the colloquial language that Irvine Welsh employs in “Trainspotting.”
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Answer: A is true. While Shakespeare did indeed create words that we still use today, this is not an example of using the colloquial language of his day, so B is false. Also, while some people from Scotland may struggle with the language that Welsh uses in Trainspotting, C is false because Welsh based his literary choices on the colloquialisms he was already familiar with in the Scottish dialect.
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