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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 5 Suggested Answers


                        
ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 5 Suggested Answers

Question 1
Formal Letter
1.      Instance of rudeness
2.      Apology
Question 2                                                                                                                  
(a)     

 
(b)   Separate multiple email addresses using the semicolon character.
To: principal@st.berchamansschool.com; principal@vidyajyothischool.in
Subject: Inter-School Elocution Competition
Sir/Madam,
We are conducting an Inter-School Elocution Competition on 05 November 2018 at 10:00 AM in our School Auditorium.
We request you to send interested students from your school for the competition. Their names have to send on or before 1 November 2018.
Expecting a favourable response,
Yours faithfully,
Secretary
Debate Club
Blue Meadow School
Hyderabad
Question 3


1.      Used
2.      Concerned
3.      Understood
4.      Nurtured
5.      Lovingly
6.      Loved
7.      Endearing
8.      to pay


(a)   Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                               
     (i)          The car was parked at/ in front of the gate.
   (ii)          Their assignments should be presented before 10’oçlock.
 (iii)          The beggar had an old scarf wrapped around his head.
  (iv)          We saw the helicopter fly high over the dam.
   (v)          Gardening is suggested as a cure for migraine.
  (vi)          The dog ran down the steps and out into the lawn. 
(vii)          The thief vaulted over the hedge and fled.
(viii)          Do not get carried away by the hearsays.

(c)    Join these sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.                [4]                  
               (i)          As soon as the coach arrived, the training started.
             (ii)          The journey was so dreary that I will asleep at the back.
           (iii)          Since the man was carrying contraband goods, he was fined.
            (iv)          Be silent or leave the hall.
(d)   .
               (i)          The hunter said that he saw a wild elephant that morning.
             (ii)          No other boy in the class is as humorous as Kelly.
           (iii)          The boy’s books were hidden by the girls.
            (iv)          Sheena was too ashamed to speak clearly.
             (v)          No sooner did the wedding get over than the guest rushed to the dining hall.
            (vi)          Rama would rather continue her studies that get married.
          (vii)          Despite not eating enough, Malik is fat.
        (viii)          Unless you try, you cannot perform well.



Thursday, 1 November 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1:Practice Paper 5


ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 5

Time: One hour.                                                                               . Maximum Marks:40
Question 1
You have been rude to one of your teachers. Write a letter to him/her apologizing for your unmannerly conduct.                                                                                                            [10]
Question 2                                                                                                                           [5+5]
(a)   Your school is hosting an inter-school Elocution competition. Write a notice to be displayed in your school informing students about the event and inviting them to take part in the competition.
(b)   Write an email to the Principals of the neighbouring schools requesting them to send students to participate in the event.
Question 3
(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)   He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (slam) on the brakes as a dog suddenly crossed the road.
Answer: slammed
Children …1…. (use) to call him Chacha Nehru because of his love and affection. He was very fond of the roses and children all through his life. Once he said that children are like the buds in the garden. He was very …2…. (concern) about the condition of the children of the country as he …3…. (understand) children as the future of the country. He wanted that children should be …4…. (nurture) by the parents very carefully and …5…. (love) for the bright future of the country.
He understood children as the real strength of the country. He …6…. (love) children of both sexes equally and believed in giving equal opportunities to both for the actual development of the nation. His genuine love for the children became the reason of getting an …7…. (endear) name as Chacha Nehru. In order …8…. (pay) him a tribute, his birth anniversary is celebrated as Children’s Day all over India after his death in 1964.
(b)   Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                                     [4]
    (i)          The car was parked ……. the gate.
  (ii)          Their assignments should be presented ……. 10’oçlock.
(iii)          The beggar had an old scarf wrapped ……. his head.
 (iv)          We saw the helicopter fly high ……. the dam.
   (v)          Gardening is suggested as a cure ……. migraine.
 (vi)          The dog ran ……. the steps and out into the lawn. 
(vii)          The thief vaulted ……. the hedge and fled.
(viii)          Do not get carried ……. by the hearsays.

(c)   Join these sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.                [4]                  
              (i)          The coach arrived. The training started.
            (ii)          The journey was dreary. I will asleep at the back.
          (iii)          The man was carrying contraband goods. He was fined.
           (iv)          Be silent. Leave the hall.
(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.                   [8]
              (i)          “I saw a wild elephant in the morning.”, the hunter said.
(Rewrite using indirect speech)
            (ii)          Kelly is the most humourous boy in our class.
(Begin: No other….)
          (iii)          The girls hid the boy’s books.
(Begin: The boy’s….)
           (iv)          Sheena was so ashamed that she could not speak clearly.
(Use: too…to)
             (v)          As soon as the wedding was over, the guest rushed to the dining hall.
(Begin: No sooner…)
           (vi)          Ramla prefers continuing her studies to getting married.
(Use: rather)
         (vii)          Malik does not eat enough, still he is fat.
(Begin: Despite….)
       (viii)          If you try, you can perform well.\
(Begin: Unless…)




Tuesday, 2 October 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper One Suggested Answers

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper One Suggested Answers
Question 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(a)   Personal Letter
Points to be included
Introduction such as ‘Received your letter yesterday’.
The build-up to the incident-the incident- persons involved- what embarrassed you- why- your feelings about the incident.
How you intend to avoid such incidents in future.
Concluding remarks such as ‘Convey my regards to…’
(b)   Formal Letter
Self-introduction Name resident of …
Purpose of the letter: Motor accidents involving overcrowded buses have become the order of the day. Complaint.
Mention of your earlier complaints to the traffic/transport authorities. Futile/in vain.
Concerned and aggrieved by the indifferent attitude of the traffic and transport authorities.
Request to take action or the necessary procedure.
Question 3                                                                                                                         
(a)   Notice

                                                                       
Flood Money
Relief Fund for Kerala Flood Victims

The people of Kerala have been devastated by an enormous flood.
The flood has caused a heavy loss of lives and property.
Students from Classes VI to X
are urged to contribute to the Flood Relief Fund.
Contributions should be handed over
to the respective Class teachers
on or before 30 September 2018.

                                                                    Head Boy/Head Girl
(b)   Email
To: principal@oxbridgeschool.org
Subject: Relief Fund for Kerala Flood Victims

Sir/Madam,
The people of Kerala have been devastated by an enormous flood. The flood has caused a heavy loss of lives and property.
Our school has asked the students of Classes VI to X to contribute to the Relief Fund for the people affected by the devastating floods in Kerala.
We will be greatly obliged if you will ask the students of your school also to join in this humanitarian campaign and to contribute towards the Relief Fund for Kerala Flood Victims.
Expecting a favourable response,
Yours faithfully,

Head Boy/Head Girl
Bluebells School
Hyderabad
Question 5
(a)    .


1.     was hated
2.     was
3.     had
4.     went
5.     was baited
6.     to do
7.     tripped
8.     yelled


(b)   Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                                                 
(i) We could not distinguish one identical twin from the other.
(ii) The little girl could not keep pace with her parents.
(iii) The doctors were unable to cure him of his strange illness.
(iv)  Sam had a big advantage over the other candidates.
(v) Eggs are usually sold by the dozen.
(vi) Environmental issues were discussed at the meeting.
(vii) The management presented a cheque for  ₹ 10000 to him.
(viii) The committee failed to carry out the promise it had made.
(c)   Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.    [4]                                                                                                                                                                                       
(i)              When I reached the bus station, the bus had already left.
(ii)            Although he did not tell me why he moved to London, I knew it.
(iii)           Margret not only swept the room but also washed the car.
(iv)           While I was reading a book, my mother was cooking.
(d)                       
(i) When we pulled the cardboard box, out jumped a kitten.
(ii) Rony has been encouraged by them to bet on horse races.
(iii)  The thief ran too quickly for us to catch him
(iv)  Everyone knows that that two and two makes four. 
(v) Dennis enquired of me when I would return the book which I had borrowed from the library.        
(vi)  But for his interruption, I could have finished the story.
(vii) In spite of being interrogated at length, he did not reveal the truth.    
(viii) You had better consult a lawyer.