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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions and Answers from 2005-2009


ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions   2005  Answers
 Question 4 
(a) In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.
Example; (0) returned
After Christopher Columbus returned (0) from his famous voyage across the Atlantic, the King of Spain ---------- ((I)    (wish) to celebrate the great event and do honour to the man who ---------- (2)    (make) himself a national hero. He ----------(3)    (do) so by holding a banquet in honour of the explorer.   To this banquet he ---------- (4)    (invite) many of the nobles of the King's   Court.   Some of them ---------- (5)    (be) jealous of the success Columbus ---------- (6)    (achieve).    One of them sat next to Columbus.    He turned towards Columbus and said, "Of course you ---------- (7)    (be) a brave man but it doesn't take much intelligence to do what you have done.  After all, anyone can take a ship and sail on and on till he  ---------- (8)    (reach) land."                                                                                                                                                                                        [4]

0. returned 1.wished 2. had made 3. did 4 . invited. 5. were 6. had achieved 7. are 8. reaches.
b)   Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:-
(i)       The safari parks of South Africa abound with wild animals.
(ii)      The young man excels in both music and dance.
(iii)     She is a diligent student, worthy  of praise.
(iv)     I saw through his plan and realized that he was going to cheat us.
(v)      I was under the impression that the meeting had been cancelled.
(vi     Always be true  to yourself.
(vii)    The villagers lodged a complaint against the corrupt officials.
(viii) I can rely on my sister for help.
(c)    Explain the difference in meaning between the pairs of sentences given below:-(i)        (1)       She must have repainted the car.  (2)       She must have the car, repainted.
Sentence (1) conveys that she has already repainted the car. Sentence (2) conveys that the car needs repainting.
(ii)       (1)      'The girl," said the boy, "was ugly."  (2)       The girl said the boy was ugly.                                      
In Sentence (1) the girl is ugly according to the boy and in Sentence (2) the boy is ugly according to the girl.[4]
(d)    Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each.  Make other changes that may be necessary; but do not change the meaning of each sentence.
(i)       Jasdeep has probably forgotten his mother's birthday.(Begin: In ----------   )
In all probability, Jasdeep has forgotten his mother’s birthday.
(ii)      Mr. Sharma advised the children not to go out in the cold.(End with:"  ----------  ", said Mr. Sharma )
Mr. Sharma advised the children not to go out in the cold.
(iii)      For more information please contact the secretary of the club.(Begin: Should ------- )
Should you need more information please contact the secretary of the club.
(iv)He could not take part in the singing competition as he had a sore throat.(Use: prevented)
His sore throat prevented him from taking part in the singing competition
(v)       Ritika returned to school a week ago.(Begin: It has been----------    )
It has been a week since Ritika returned to school.
(vi)      She was beautiful and humble.(Begin: Not only----------    )
Not only was she beautiful but also humble.
(vii)    Both the players are not adequately prepared for the tournament.(Begin: Neither----   )
Neither of the two players is adequately prepared for the tournament
(viii)  A fragrant flower is the loveliest creation of nature.(Begin: No other ------)                 
No other creation of nature is as lovely as a  fragrant flower.
ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions from 2006 Answers
Question 4
(a)    In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets.  Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space. Example:(0)    giving.
Mid-afternoon while  ----------(0)    (give) my report to Mrs. Biggs, I ------)    (hear) a loud thumping ----------(2)   (come) from the direction of her store room. " ---------  (be) all that noise downstairs?"  I asked."Probably a rat. I don't hear anything," she replied. I ran downstairs and ----------(4)    (open) the store room door. There was Mr. Biggs ----------(5)    (look) very dusty and very disgruntled;  he wanted to know why Mrs. Biggs shut) him up for hours. He  had  gone  into  the  store  room  in  search  of a walking stick ands. Biggs. (7)    (see)  the  door open,  had     promptly(8)    (bolt) it.                                                                                                                                     [4]
(0) giving 1. heard 2. coming 3. is 4. opened 5. looking 6. had shut 7. seeing 8. bolted.
(b)    Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:-
(1)    He refused to put   up  with their interference in his affairs.
(ii)      She has been going  through   the script for days.
(iii)    It is our duty to protest against   injustice.
(iv)    He soon became accustomed  to   the harsh weather.
(v)    Dilip went out of   his way to help the poor.
(vi)    He was able to put  across    his ideas so cleverly that he impressed everyone.
(vii)    He persists  in   teasing the other children in the class.
(viii)  I have been waiting for you since four o’ clock.                                                               
(c)    Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.
(i)       Sahil composed a wonderful song. It became a hit.
Sahil composed a wonderful song which became a hit.
(ii)      Rani reached the spot. We were to meet there.
Rani reached the spot where were to meet.
(iii)     Dick met me. I gave him the document.
When Dick met me, I gave him the document.
(iv)Shenaz was very upset. I wanted to help her out.  
As Shenaz was very upset, I wanted to help her.
(d)    Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each.   Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence.
(i)        As soon as the Chief Guest arrived, the band started playing.{Begin: No sooner    )
No sooner did the chief guest arrive than the band started playing.
No sooner had the chief guest arrived than the band started playing.
(ii)       He went to the library and to the bank.(Begin: Not only    )
Not only did he go to the library but also to the bank.
(iii)     Though he is very poor, he helps others in need.(Begin: In spite    )
In spite of being very poor, he helps others in need.
(iv)     He does not intend to leave the Company.(Use: intention)
He has no intention to leave the company.
(v)      "Do you want some more ice-cream or a slice of cake?" asked my aunt.(Begin: My aunt asked    )
My aunt asked me whether I wanted some more ice-cream or a slice of cake.
(vi)     They are painting a mural on the front wall.(Begin: A mural    )
A mural is being painted on the front wall by them.
(vii)     Tansen was the best singer in Akbar's court.(Use: better    )
Tansen was better than any other singer in Akbar’s court.
(viii)   You remembered to buy a loaf of bread, didn't you?
(Begin: You didn't    )      
You didn’t forget to buy a loaf of bread, did you?   
ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions from 2007 Answers
Question 4                                                                                                                   
(a)       In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.
Example: (0) am convinced.
I   (0)  _____________    (convince)   that   my   father   (1)  ________(remember) by all those who value integrity. He (2)_______ (be) a man of learning and also saw to it that he (3)_____ (teach) his pupils with passion and patience.  He, at times (4)_________ (use) to lose his temper, but that was because he always (5)_______ (want) his pupils to learn and learn well.    As a person, he was honest and simple. His greatness (6)________ (lie) in the fact that he (7)_______ (have) a pure heart,   devoid   of   malice.   Such   a   man   is   always   valued   and (8)_________ (be) very rare to find.                                                                                                                                         [4]
0. am convinced  1. will be remembered 2. was 3. taught 4. used 5. wanted 6. lay 7. had 8. is.
(b)       Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:-
(1)        Truth always prevails in the long run.
(ii)      Sujata beside  the river and saw the ship pass by.
(iii)     She took some money from   her father to buy a video game.
(iv)     Shilpa gave me a rare gift
on   my birthday.
(v)      Deepak was very upset
with    me.
(vi)     Michelle is longing
to    meet me.
(vii)    It has been a long time 
since  I met my sister.
(viii)   The worker
asked for his wages.
(c)  Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and^ but or so:
(i)       John gave me the novel. John wanted me to review it.
John gave me the novel to review it. (ii)      Debjani received my note. She sent her reply within a week.
Debjani replied to my note within a week. (iii)     Raja is a great footballer. He is also popular.
Raju who is a great footballer, is also popular. (iv)      Jennifer saw that I was confused. She came to my rescue.
Seeing that I was confused, Jennifer came to my rescue.
 (d)    Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence:
(i)       Anne paid a heavy price for her recklessness.  (Begin: It    )
It was a heavy price that Anne paid for her recklessness. (ii)      No sooner had Ram narrated the story than he was praised.  (Begin: Hardly    )
Hardly had Ram narrated the story when he was praised.
(iii)     Tanuja is a very friendly girl and is always cheerful.  (Begin: Besides    )
Not only is Tanuja a friendly girl but also she is always cheerful. (iv)     They had to put off the garden partly because of the heavy rain. (Begin: The heavy    )
The heavy rain forced them to put off the garden party. (v)      Margaret said to me, "Please do not forget to meet me tomorrow". (Begin: I was    )
I was requested by Margaret not to forget to meet her the next day. (vi)     Inspite of my warning Dev, he ignored me. (Begin: Though    )
Though I warned Dev, he ignored me. (vii)    The business talks failed because neither side was willing to compromise. (Begin: Since    )
Since neither side was willing to compromise, the business talk failed. (vvii)   They were very afraid and so they could not speak. (Begin: Being       )
Being very afraid, they could not speak.    
ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions from 2008
Question 4
(a)    In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.
Example:        (0) was.
There (0)    (be) some confusion in the doorway. A man (1)     (get) into the compartment (2) _    (stammer) an apology. Then the door (3)    (bang) and the world was (4)     (shut) out again. I (5)     (return) to my berth. The
guard (6)    (blow) his whistle and we (7)    (move) off. Once again I (8)    (has) a game to play.                             
0. was 1. got 2. stammering 3 banged. 4. shut 5 returned 6. blew 7. moved 8. had
(b)    Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:- (i)        The   elderly   man  prepared   himself  for a   life of retirement. 
(ii)       Do you take his word  against mine?
(iii)     Rohini is very concerned   of/about her father's health.
(iv)      Altaf had many books and papers scattered all over the room.
(v)       The Phoenix is a legendary bird that rises from its ashes.
(vi)      The police pulled the briefcase from   under the table.
(vii)     The mob rushed onto the pavement, everyone seemed angry with everyone else.
(viii)    The old woman looked inside the cupboard, searching for the photograph.                                            [4]
[c] Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so. (i)    The heart attack was mild. Mr. Bose stayed in bed for three weeks.
Although the heart attack was mild, Mr.Bose stayed in bed for three days.
(ii)   The men went out to see if anyone was missing. The women stayed behind to care for the injured.
While the men went out to see any one was missing , the women stayed behind to take care of the injured.
(iii)  Her mother warned her not to talk to strangers. She told her not to accept gifts from people she did not know.
Not only did her mother warn her not ot talk to strangers but also not to accept gifts from them
(iv)      Everyone was drenched wet by now. The rain had come down harder.                                                    [4] As the rain had come down harder, everyone was drenched wet by now. [d] Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence,
(i)        "Have you walked alone, this long distance today?" he asked Sumita. (Begin: He asked Sumita if.    )
He asked Sumita if she had walked alone that long distance on that day. (ii)       The detective interrogated the suspect closely for over three hours. (Begin: The suspect   ………..)
The suspect was  closely interrogated by the detective for over three hours.
(iii)       I suddenly realized that the room was too small for the three of us to share. (Begin: I suddenly realized that the room was so    )
I suddenly realised that the room was so small that the three of us could not share it.
(iv)      Inspite of all her efforts, Susan did not succeed. (Begin: Despite    )
Despite all her efforts, Susan did not succeed
(v)       As soon as the bell rang, the children rushed out of class. (Begin: No sooner    )
No sooner did the bell ring than the children rushed out of the class. (vi)      Sachin stood first in class and he also excelled at debate. (Begin: Not only    )
Not only did Sachin stand first in the class but also excelled at the debate.
(vii)     She was the only person capable of being House Captain. (Use: capability)
She was the only person who had the capability to be the House Captain.
(viii)    Rohan was the tallest boy in the basketball team. (Rewrite using: taller)    [8]
Rohan was taller than any other boy in the basket ball team.


ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions from 2009
Question 4
(a)    In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets.  Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.
Example: (0)    spoke.
As she (0)    (speak) 1(1)     (rise) and (2)     (go) to the centre blackboard, 1(3)    (find) the chalk (4)    (write) in block letters the title of the book. Then 1 (5)     (put) the chalk down and went to (6)     (sit), beside her, to (7)    (hold) her hand.
The day had barely (8)     (begin).                                                                                                       [4]
1. rose 2. went 3. found 4, wrote 5. put 6. sit 7. hold 8. begun

(b)    Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:- (1)    I prevailed upon    him to join the gymnasium.
(ii)      The curious child eagerly begged for   an answer to the riddle.
(iii)     He was bent  on  coming first in the examinations.
(iv)     The theory exam was followed by    a group discussion.
(v)      1 ran into my teacher at the show last night.
(vi)     She is extremely anxious about  an interview next week.
(vii)     What a contrast   between  the two siblings!
(viii)  The brothers fought over their  father’s property.                                                                                                   
(c)  Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so: (i)    Swarna asked me a question. I was unable to answer it.
I was unable to answer the question Swarna asked me.
(ii)    You helped Tania. She will always be grateful.
Tanya  will always be grateful for your help.
(iii)    I heard you won a prize. I am extremely delighted.
I am extremely delighted to hear that you won a prize. (iv)    There was heavy traffic. We reached the stadium on time.                       
Inspite of the heavy traffic, we reached the stadium on time.                                                        [4] (d)    Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence. (i)       Study hard now or you will regret it.  (Begin: Unless    )
Unless you study hard , you will regret. (ii)       The boy asked, 'Why are you lying on the road in this manner?' (Begin: The boy asked why he    )
The boy asked why I was/ we were lying on the road in that manner. (iii)      Megha is too tall to crawl under the table. (Begin: Megha is so    )
Meghana is so tall that she cannot crawl under the table. (iv)      He arrived in school on time even though he stopped for a bite on the way. (Use 'in spite of instead of even though)
In spite of stopping for a bite on the way, he arrived in School on time.
(v)       She opened the kitchen door and a cockroach ran out. (End with 'cockroach'.)
When she opened her kitchen roar, out ran a cockroach.
vi)     Arjun was a better speaker than his brother. (Begin: His brother    )
His brother is not as good a speaker as as Arjun. (vii)     Asha missed her examination because of her illness. (Begin: Her illness    )
Her illness caused Asha to miss her examination.
(viii)    As soon as the curtain came down the applause rang out. (Begin: No sooner    )  
No sooner did the curtain come down than the applause started. 
P.S. Kindly, correct me , if you find any answers not up-to the mark.
                                                                             

6 comments:

  1. Thank you sooooooooooooooo much........i was severely groping for the 2009 ICSE language paper...........

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  2. In the paper of 2005,Question 4d (iii) answer is wrong i feel because in the ques it is given to write in direct speech.........

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  3. In 2009 question paper question number 4 (c) according to me the answer vil be:
    As soon as i opened the kitchen door, out ran a cockroach. Instead of When she opened her kitchen roar, out ran a cockroach.

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  4. I think in 2007 question paper (d) part's 3rd part's answer is incorrect!
    as the answer should start with "besides" and not with "not only".

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  5. thanks for the papers with answers

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  6. Dear sir,
    can you please post some questions on subject word agreement and question tags along with their answers

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