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1 1) (A) Of the two sentences, the first one (a) feels more natural to say out loud. This is probably because “there’s” is much easier to say than “there’re.” The double “r” sound in “there’re,” while not particularly difficult, does not roll off the tongue like “there’s.” (B) With the contraction ‘undone,” the second one (b) feels more natural to me. I think this is because my mind expects there to be something singular after a “there is.” Unlike “there’s,” however, the rule is stricter in my mind, because I rarely hear phrases like “there is free donuts.” (C) Just based on how (c) and (d) sound to me and which seems more natural, I would have to say that (d) is prescriptively correct. (D) I think (a) has become common in our speech because it is a lot easier to say than (b) is. Languages are constantly evolving, and here is a perfect example of where the ease of a enunciating a word outweighs the correctness of it. 2) (A) To form the reflexive, dialect A speakers add ‘self’ or ‘selves’ (depending on plurality) to the object or possessive forms of the pronoun. The possessive form is used when that person or group is present, i.e. my, your, our, and your. The object form is used when that person or group is not present, i.e. him, her, them. (B) To form the reflexive, dialect B speakers add ‘self’ or ‘selves’ (depending on plurality) to the possessive form of the pronoun.
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