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Sunday, 24 June 2018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 1

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 1

Question 1          [5+5]
(a) You are the President of a children's club in your locality. You and your team are planning to organise a programme to celebrate Teachers Day.
Write a notice to be put up in the local Supermarket, giving details of the programme to create an awareness of the event.
(b) Write an e-mail to the General Manager of the Supermarket seeking permission to display the notice and requesting a sponsorship for the event.
Question 2
(a) Rewrite the following sentences as per the directions given without changing the meaning of any of the sentence:              [8]
1. Hide the letter. Your friend may read it.  
(use: lest)
2. The lion did not intend to hurt the clown. 
(Use the noun form of intend)
3. As soon as the film is over, the audience rush to the exit.  
(Begin: No sooner)
4. “Check your purse. You might have forgotten the flight ticket.” My mother said.
(Change into reported speech)
5. Rahel was shocked by the rude behaviour of Kate.
(Change the voice)
6. Jameel loves his dog. He does not love me as much. 
(Combine into a single sentence)
7. Anila said, “How thrilling it was to watch the game!”
(Change into reported speech)
8. Atlas is stronger than Hercules. 
(Use: strong)
(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                         [2]
1. The question is …….. much importance.
2. Worshipping the sun is prevalent …….. the tribals.
3. She broke the mirror……………. many pieces. 
4. He ate rice………….. curry.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Grammar Bytes: So and Such

Grammar Bytes: So and Such

SpaWe use so and such with that to express cause and effect, or reason and result.
·       The soup was so good that Jamila asked for a second bowl.
When so is used with that, so is often followed by an adjective.
  So + that *  adjective
But when we use such with that,  such  is often followed by an adjective and a noun.
·       It is such good soup that Jamila had a second bowl.
Such + that * Adjective + Noun
As ‘soup' is uncountable, we do not use a or an.
However, if we use a countable noun, like, say, a spa, we should use a or an.
The Glow is such a good spa that that my mother goes there twice a month.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Practice Exercise: Active Passive Voice Exercise 1

Active Passive Voice Exercise 1
Change the voice of the following sentences 
1. Pandora opened the box. 
2. He will ask a question. 
3. Anna do not clean our classrooms. 
4. The mechanic will repair our fridge.
5. Did William draw this cartoon? 
6. Could you post this letter?
7. The Finns make these mobiles in Korea. 
8. The Indians often throw the garbage on the streets. 
9. Someone damaged our fence last night. 
10. The service personnel have already fixed the printer. 
11. We always have our lunch with our colleagues. 
12. The painters are painting the penthouse. 
13. She should not change her attitude. 
14. People are spending a lot of money during the festive season.
15. Susanne was advised many times to stop giggling in class.  
16. The children were disappointed by the film.
17. Rex was persuaded by his colleague to go for a vacation. 
18. An honorary degree was conferred on Johnson by the university. 
19. The thief was arrested.  
20. Shakespeare’s plays are being read by the students. 
21. "The Power and the Glory" was written by Graham Greene. 
22. A new theatre is going to be built in the city. 
23. Many blunders were made by the students.
24. The match was held in the Wankhede stadium. 
25. Amelia doubts that someone is stalking her sister.
26. Serena don't like strangers seeing her in her pyjamas.
27. My little cat likes people stroking her.
28. I understand that someone broke the window.
29. Lucy believes that someone is teasing her son.
30. Do the right.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Practice Exercise: Subject Verb Agreement

Subject Verb Agreement
Rewrite for each of the following sentences with the appropriate verb choice sentences.
1. Simran is the only one of the students who (have, has) passed the trial.
2. The lengthiest of the demonstrations (is, are) the following unit.
3. The soldiers and their Commander (is, are) going to the border.
4. Either one of the groups (is, are) going to upset the agenda.
5. Nobody (is, are) brave enough to test the Commander when he is wrong.
6. The Committee or the managers (is, are) holding a conference.
7. Neither of the girls (has, have) been to the U.K.
8. Which (is, are) more attractive, the bright pullovers or the neutral jerseys?
9. (Has, Have) the culprit or the lawyer approached him?
10. Jamila, as well as her sister, (is, are) in London now.
11. Several of the spectators (has, have) went.
12. Both of the children (has, have) a scar on the left arm.
13. One of the best known Romantic plays (is, are) ‘Romeo and Juliet’. 
14. Environmental Applications (is, are) very difficult for many students.
15. Sheena is one of the girls who (have, has) blond hair.
16. Bread and butter (is, are) a good breakfast.
 17. The players, along with their trainers, (is, are) resolute to come good after the setback. 
18. Please call me when John and Mary (come, comes) to your house. 
19. The class (watch, watches) a match every weekend. 
20. The number of exciting topics (seem, seems) to be dwindling nowadays. 
21. The husband and his wife (plan, plans) a vacation every year. 
22. Hardly anyone (speak, speaks) to John. 
23. Henry or his sister (wishes, wish) to inspect the Class next week. 
24. Johnson (take, takes) his dog for a walk each morning. 
25. The songs the children sing (stay, stays) in my mind all day. 
26. Hundred rupees (is, are) too much as pocket money. 
27. Sunil and his aunt (talk, talks) on the phone almost daily. 
28. The green ones (look, looks) to match best. 
29. Teenagers and their peer group (perceive, perceives) matters very in a different way. 
30. Raina, against his mother’s requests, (have, has) decided to go paragliding.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Grammar Bytes: Adverbs, like adjectives.

Adverbs, like adjectives.

Adverbs, like adjectives, can be used to make comparisons.
The degrees of comparison are positive, comparative and superlative.

  1. John runs fast. (positive)
  2. John runs faster than Jack. (comparative)
  3. James runs the fastest. (superlative)

With most adverbs, the comparative and the superlative forms are formed by adding -er and -est, respectively, to the positive degree.

For example,
We also form the comparatives and the superlatives by adding more and most, respectively, to the positive degree of many adverbs.
For example,
easily—more easily—most easily.
Some adverbs form the comparatives and the superlatives in an irregular way.
For example,
little—less—least ,

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Grammar Bytes: Another/Other/ Different

Another/Other/ Different

Another/Other/ Different
Many of us often find it difficult to differentiate the use of the words another/other/ different.
Ú another and different
Observe these sentences:
·       Stella don’t like this frock. She wants to get another frock.
·       Stella don’t like this frock. She wants to get a different frock. 
     (another = different)
Here we find that the words another and different have the same in meaning and they are almost interchangeable.
But, the word another also means one more
We cannot use different to mean one more.
·       The programme is not finished yet. There is another dance to come.
      (another = one more)
Ú another and other
Observe these sentences:
Mary is going to London with another aunt.

Mary is going to London with other aunts.
Here we find that the words another and other have the same meaning but different usage.
The word another is used with a singular noun while the word other is used with uncountable and plural nouns.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Grammar Bytes: Pronouncing Definite Article, the

Pronouncing Definite Article, the

If the definite article the comes before a word that begins with a vowel,
pronounce it thee.
Ú <thee> event
If the definite article the comes before a word that begins with a consonant,
pronounce it like thuh
Ú <thuh> cathedral
If you need to stress the, pronounce it thee, even if it comes before a word beginning with a consonant.
Ú <thee>The wheel is the mother of all inventions.