ICSE English Grammar Questions 2010 - 2013

ICSE ENGLISH GRAMMAR 2010
a.      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.                                                                                                                           [4]
Example:
(0) given
But just when I had almost (0) ______________ (give) up hope, I was  (1) _______________ (strike) with a brilliant idea : my birthday was due fairly soon, and if I  (2) ________________ (deal) with the family skillfully, I (3) ________________ (feel) sure, I could not only get a boat but a lot of other equipment as well, I  (4) ________________ (suggest) to the family that, instead of (5) ________________ (let) them choose my presents, I  (6) ______________ (may) tell them the things that I (7) ________________ (want) most. In this way they could be sure of not (8) ______________ (disappoint) me.
b.     Fill in the blanks with an appropriate word:                                                                            [4]
(i)              I refrained ___________________ telling Reeta the truth.
(ii)            The leader counted ___________________ the cooperation of his colleagues.
(iii)          The public was cautioned _________________ pickpockets.
(iv)          Janaki escorted her daughter to the cinema theatre as she was anxious ____________________ her safety.
(v)            Their path was beset _____________________ difficulties yet they succeeded.
(vi)          The mouse crept stealthily __________________ the cheese.
(vii)        It was good __________________ you to invite Sheila for picnic.
(viii)      Smoking __________________ public places is now banned.
c.      Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.    [4]
(i)              You will surely be late. Hurry up!
(ii)            The trekkers got lost due to the heavy fog. They had misplaced their map as well.
(iii)          She has to apologize. He will not meet her again if she does not do so.
(iv)          I wear this expensive outfit very sparingly. I bought it last month.
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.                    [8]
(i)              Unless Ria takes care of her health, she will not be able to look after her family.
[Begin: Ria must……………………..]
(ii)            His arrogance was the cause of his losing the election.
[Rewrite the sentence using “arrogant”]
(iii)          If you are not a member you cannot borrow books.
[Begin: Only………………….]
(iv)          It is a pity our vacation is not longer.
[Begin: I wish……………….]
(v)            Raju did not complete the exercise on time.
[Rewrite the sentence adding a question tag]
(vi)          Rohm was so terrified of being left alone in the house that he started screaming.
[Begin: So………………]
(vii)        The teacher asked, “How many of you think the answer is correct?”
[Rewrite the sentence using indirect form]
(viii)      Sunil is the fastest runner in the School.
[End:……………………. as Sunil]

ICSE ENGLISH GRAMMAR 2011
a.      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.                                                                                                                           [4]
Example:
We were not _______________ (allow) to talk during the lecture.
Answer: allowed
The children (1) ________________ (sit) in a neat circle and (2) ________________ (begin) (3) ________________ (copy) their multiplication tables. Most (4) ________________ (scratch) in the dirt with sticks they had (5) ________________ (bring) for that purpose. The more fortunate (6) ________________ (has) slate boards that they (7) ________________ (write) on with sticks (8) ______________ (dip) in a mixture of mud and water.
b.     Fill in the blanks with an appropriate word:                                                                            [4]
(i)              He congratulate me _____________________ my great achievement.
(ii)            The poor man is afflicted ___________________ arthritis.
(iii)          She is blind ___________________ the faults of her husband.
(iv)          The boss had many complaints __________________ Shyam.
(v)            You must prepare _____________________ the examination.
(vi)          She is not aware _______________ the danger.
(vii)        Ravi was accurate __________________ his calculations.
(viii)      They hid the money _____________________the carpet.
c.      Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.    [4]
(i)              The minister was wise. The king did not trust him.
(ii)            We reached the port. The storm came on.
(iii)          One should not borrow money. One should not lend money.
(iv)          She will win the prize. She deserves it.
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.                    [8]
(i)              This horse is better trained than yours.
[Begin: Your……………………..]
(ii)            The children will sit out in the garden. If the weather is cool.
[Begin: The children won’t……………………..]
(iii)          The thief ran so fast that the police could not catch him.
[Rewrite using: too]
(iv)          Her attitude often annoys me.
[Rewrite using: annoyance………..]
(v)            The child disappeared as soon as the bus stopped.
[Begin: Hardly………………]
(vi)          There is no success without effort.
[Begin: Whenever………………]
(vii)        “Please teach me to cycle.” She asked her brother.
[Rewrite in indirect form]
(viii)      The peasants regarded him as a thief and called him a villain.
[End:……………………. the peasants]

ICSE ENGLISH GRAMMAR 2012
a.      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.                                                                                                                           [4]
Example:
My guide _______________ (tell) me if I wanted to meet these people I would have to walk two miles.
Answer: told
We finally (1) ________________ (reach) a village where I (2) ________________ (meet) a lady whose age I (3) ________________ (can) not immediately make out. My translator                           (4) ________________ (find) it difficult to interpret the lady’s words because her dialect was quite different. She (5) ________________ (is) a dark – skinned and dark – haired lady. She must have been around seventy years old but there was no grey in her hair. She obviously could not afford to dye her hair. So what was her secret? Nobody (6) ________________ (know). It must have been a ‘secret’ common to all for not one person in that whole village (7) ________________ (has) a trace of grey hair! I (8) ______________ (think) about it for a long time.
b.     Fill in the blanks with an appropriate word:                                                                            [4]
(i)              He was touched _____________________ pity when he heard the tale.
(ii)            There is always a demand _____________________ good tailors.
(iii)          The mother prevented her child ________________ going out in the rain.
(iv)          The baby crawled ___________________ the table and hid there.
(v)            Once upon a time the great King ruled _______________________ all these villages and towns.
(vi)          She is the smarter ______________________ the two.
(vii)        Sheila insists ____________________ wearing that dress, although her mother thinks it is too short for her.
(viii)      The teacher complained ___________________ him when she met his mother in the market.
c.      Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.    [4]
(i)              He lived in the city for many years. He could not find his way about.
(ii)            She complained that her brother did not know anything. Her brother claimed he knew everything.
(iii)          The coffee isn’t strong. It won’t keep us awake.
(iv)          I finished my homework. I switched on the T.V.
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.                    [8]
(i)              My mother left a month ago.
[Begin: It was……………………..]
(ii)            Anil was wrong to lose his temper.
[Begin: Anil ought……………………..]
(iii)          As soon as the Chief Guest had seated himself the play began.
[Begin: No sooner……………………..]
(iv)          Rajiv said to Arjun, “Is this the book you were reading yesterday?”
[Begin: Rajiv asked Arjun………………….]
(v)            Only a foolish person would be taken in by this trick.
[Begin: None………………]
(vi)          Everybody has heard of Gandhiji.
[Begin: Who………………]
(vii)        He will issue the cheque only when he hears from the head office.
[Begin: On………………………]
(viii)      Father will send you a message if his flight is cancelled.
[Begin: Should…………………….]

ICSE ENGLISH GRAMMAR 2013
a.      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.                                                                                                                           [4]
Example:
A woman _______________ (wait) at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight.
Answer: was waiting.
She (1) ________________ (hunt) for a book in the airport shops, (2) ________________ (buy) a bag of cookies and found a place to sit. She (3) ________________ (engross) in her book but happened to see that the man sitting beside her, bold as could be, grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to  ignore to avoid a scene. So she                           (4) ________________ (munch) the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy thief diminished her stock. She (5) ________________ (get) more irritated as the minutes ticked by thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I (6) ________________ (black) his eye.” With each cookie she took, he took one too. When only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he (7) ________________ (take) the last cookie and broke it in half. He offered her half, as he ate the other. She had never known she could be so angry and turned to gather her belongings. As she reached for her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes. If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were his and he (8) ______________ (try) to share.
b.     Fill in the blanks with an appropriate word:                                                                            [4]
(i)              She takes a lot of trouble ______________________ her work.
(ii)            Our English friends have taken __________________ Indian food quite quickly.
(iii)          He got an A+ ________________________ the Mathematics test.
(iv)          He jumped ____________________ the river to save his friend from drowning.
(v)            Always be prepared _____________________ a surprise test.
(vi)          She hid _______________ the cupboard and gave everyone a fright.
(vii)        She is fond __________________ pets.
(viii)      The brothers quarrelled _______________ themselves for their father’s property.
c.      Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so     [4]
(i)              We had better get ready now. We may not have time to reach the airport.
(ii)            Mr. Liew has been sick. He has been so since he came back from Japan.
(iii)          The debating teams were very happy. Both were declared joint – champions.
(iv)          He escaped from the prison. He looked for a place where he could hide.
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.                    [8]
(i)              These windows need cleaning again.
[Begin: These windows will……………………..]
(ii)            My mother said I could go with you only if I returned home by five o’ clock.
[Use: as long as]
(iii)          It doesn’t matter which chemical you put into the mixture first, the results will be the same.
[Use: difference]
(iv)          Who does this pen belong to?
[Begin: Do you know………………….]
(v)            Heavy rain has caused the cancellation of the outdoor garden party.
[Begin: Due………………]
(vi)          I’ve never seen so many people in this building before.
[Begin: This is………………]
(vii)        If we light the fire, the rescuers will see us.
[Begin: We will………………………]
(viii)      Only a few books were remaining on the shelf when we left.
[Begin: Most…………………….]


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