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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

English Grammar and Composition Aptitude Test

English Grammar and Composition
Aptitude Test
Time: One Hour                                                                                              Max Marks: 25
Question 1
You are living in a big city but the water supply of your colony is very poor. As summers are going on all the residents face acute shortage of water. Write a letter to the Editor of a reputed newspaper drawing the authorities’ attention to the problem.                                                                                                        [10]
Question 2
Rewrite as directed                                                                                    [10]
a.       Very few subjects are as important as English. (Use: most)
b.      Only if India wins the cup, we will have a holiday.( Change into a negative sentence)
c.       The matter was reported to the commissioner. (Change the voice)
d.      She is very dull in studies. She is smart-looking. ( Combine the sentences)
e.       The Judge said to the Prosecutor, “Do you agree with the arguments presented yesterday?” Change into indirect speech)
f.       As soon as the results were declared, the web-server was very busy.
(Begin: No sooner…)
g.      He said to his friend,” I go for a walk every day.” (Change into reported speech)
h.      I can go to the theatre. (Provide a suitable question tag)
i.        He is a diplomat and a poet. (Use: Not only…)
Question 3                                                                                                             [5]
Rewrite using the correct preposition:
  1.     Even though they were tired, they carried…. their journey.
  2.     In spite of the heavy rain, the meeting was not put….
  3.     Contrary ….. their expectation, it snowed heavily.
  4.     The mob burned…..the building.
  5.     You can look….. the word in the dictionary.

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