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Fill in the blank

The way people actually speak and write a language .......
a) linguist
b) statement
c) subject
d) usage

I have been eliminate other choices that can be the answer. So it should be "usage". But why it is true? I think usage means the way we use something.

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  • Alternatives include vernacular, everyday language, spoken language, colloquial speech, conversational language, common parlance,... But I don't understand the point of the question. The word "usage" does indeed mean the way we use something, but are you just asking us to confirm that for you? Note that your noun phrase as written (the way people actually speak and write a language) doesn't require (or indeed allow) an additional noun (such as "usage") to follow. Jan 12 at 12:47
  • @FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Thank you. Yes I doubted about this meaning because in OALD also I haven't find this meaning.
    – Soheil
    Jan 12 at 12:59
  • The definition of usage in The Free Dictionary that applies would be The way in which words or phrases are actually used, spoken, or written in a speech community: Dictionaries are but the depositories of words already legitimated by usage" (Thomas Jefferson).
    – ColleenV
    Jan 12 at 13:20

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