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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Revision Test:Composition and Grammar


Revision Test:Composition and Grammar
Time: One Hour Max Marks: 25
Question 1                                                                                                                                          [10]
Apply for the following post advertised.
Assistant Manager-Sales: Chennai
Position: Assistant Manager-Sales
Location: Chennai
Qualification: MBA in marketing
Remarks: Mail your Application to the address
Krypton Developers Pvt. Ltd
Hadrons Road
Chennai 600048
Reference:
The Hindu Print Edition dt. 16 Jun, 2010
Question 2 Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each and making other changes that may be necessary, without changing the meaning of any sentence.                                         [10]
1. To the best of my knowledge, he is vegetarian. (Begin: As far as ….)
2. The train journey from Kolkata to Asansol takes three hours. (Begin: It is a ….)
3. The peon cannot leave unless I permit him. (Use: without)
4. 'Kindly leave the bag here, Madam', said the porter. (Change the narration)
5. The tea is so hot that I cannot drink it. ( Remove: so….that)

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Grammar Revision Practice

I. Rewrite as directed the following sentences without changing the meaning.
  1. I was annoyed by his behaviour. [Change the voice]
  2. I am invited. [Supply a question tag]
  3. The teacher said, "Have you done your homework?" [Change the narration]
  4. As soon as the tiger saw the rabbit, it attacked. [Begin. No sooner...].
  5. No other athlete in our school is as fast as Rachel. [Use: Fastest]

Saturday, 5 June 2010

ICSE English: Grammar Preposition Revision Exercise

Choose the right preposition:
I.
1. He was touched _____________ pity when he heard the tale.

2. There is always a demand ___________ good tailor.

3. He was in great need ___________ money.

4. He fell ____________ with his best friend and refused to talk to him.

5. The pupils must commit this ___________ memory.
II.
1. He was touched__________ pity when he heard the news.

2. You have no aptitude __________ business.

3. Need you bring __________ that topic again?

4. She insists ___________ wearing that dress.

5. I met an old friend __________ the party

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Answers to the English Grammar and Composition Aptitude Test

English Grammar and Composition
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Aptitude Test Answers
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]
Format: Official
Self Address
29 May, 2009.
The Editor
The Times of Hyderabad
Hyderabad
Sir,
Points to be Included:
  • Introduction:Name and essential details: such as resident of Nowhere Colony.
  • Reason for writing the letter:The acute water shortage to be brought to the attention of the authorities through the newspaper.
  • Presentation of the problem:Acute water shortage due to summer.
  • The difficulties faced by the residents of the colony. (examples)
  • Personal difficulties.(examples)
  • Suggestions if any to lessen the misery
  • Request to publish the letter.
Yours sincerely,
Yours truly,
Yours faithfully,
(Any one)
Signature
Name in Full

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.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

English Grammar Model Paper English Paper I Model ICSE March 2010 Answers


ENGLISH Paper 1 Answer Key/Marking Scheme
Question 2
Select any one of the following: [Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question]   [10]
(a)       Your brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks. However he is unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class XI; Maths, Science or English. He had written a letter to you regarding this. Reply to his letter suggesting the stream. Give reasons for your suggestion.
-1-  Format Personal Letter
-2-  Reference to the brother’s letter.
-3-  brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks.
-4-  unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class XI.
-5-   Suggestion of the stream.
-6-  Reason for the suggestion of the stream.
-7-  Informal Style
(b)      Your village lacks good health services and the people are facing a lot of difficulty due to this. Write a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of your district requesting him to open a Primary Health Center (PHC) in the village.
-1-  Format Official Letter
-2-  Lack of good health service in the village (name of the village)
-3-  Difficulties faced by the villagers
-4-  Instances of difficulties.
-5-  Need for good health services.
-6-  Benefits for the villagers.
-7-  Request to the Chief Medical Officer of your district. To open a PRC.
-8-  Formal Style.

Monday, 22 March 2010

ICSE English Paper 1 Model Paper


ENGLISH Paper 1

(Two Hours)
Answer to this paper must be written on the paper provided separately.

You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.

This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.

The time given at the head of the paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.




Attempt all four questions.

The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].

You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.




Question 1

(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this Question.)                                                                                                                               [25]
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(a)        “Men and Women should have equal rights.” Give your views on the statement.
(b)        You have recently interviewed a famous personality. Narrate the whole experience with the help of the hints given.
RQPreparation for the interview Qdescription of the personalityQthe house/officeQ
major achievementsQhobbies/recreationQawardsQgeneral impression¤
(c)        You were held up in a village railway station one night due to an accident. Give an account of your experience.
(d)       Elaborate the significance of the proverb ‘No pains; no gains.’
(e)        Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be clear connection between the picture and your composition.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

ICSE English March 2010 Examinations English Paper Pre FInal II

English Paper I
(Two hours)

Answer to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.
Attempt all four questions
The intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in bracket [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question)                                                           

Write a composition of [350-400 words] on any ONE of the following:                                   [25]

a.       Would you choose to travel by bus or by train for a long overnight journey? Give reasons for your choice.
b.      What are the most sought after College Courses today? Why are they so?
c.       Imagine that a rich uncle gave you thousand rupees and the freedom to spend it on any three things of your choice. What would you spend it on? Give your reasons.
d.      Write a short story with the theme The hand that rocks the cradle, rocks the world.
e.       Study the cartoon below and write a story taking suggestions from it. There should be a clear connection between the cartoon and the story.
Question 2 
 
Select any one of the following                                                                                                  
Write a letter in about 150 words. Make sure your letter has the correct format and details. Select one of the following. (Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question)                             [10]
1)      Write a letter to your mother/father/guardian telling that you have forgotten to bring the computer application text to the vacation classes and requesting to bring the book, which you have left at home earliest.
OR
2)      Write a letter to a manager of mobile work shop complaining about unsatisfactory repairs carried out on your car and asking him to rectify the same.

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:-

Monday, 1 March 2010

ICSE English Paper I Grammar and Composition Pre Final Paper l


ENGLISH
Paper 1
(Two Hours)
Answer to this paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of the paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.

Attempt all four questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1
(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this Question.) [25]
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(a) Terrorism is global threat that has to be snuffed out to prevent massive misery and excruciating agony of the humanity. Elaborate on the root causes, nature and consequences of terrorism as witnessed in the present scenario. What are your suggestions towards man’s crusade against the terrorist menace?
(b) The reality shows are the vogue on television now. Comment on the negative influences these shows have on the younger generation.
(c) A village fair provides an opportunity to observe typical as well as eccentric nature of people of different social strata. Recount an experience you had when you visited a village fair with your friends. How did the experience enrich your knowledge of human character?
(d) Write an original short story in which your aspirations are fulfilled by a mysterious and unpredictable phenomenon.
(e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.
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Question 2
(Do not spend not more than 20 minutes on this Question.) [10]
Select ONE of the following:

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

ICSE English Grammar Asides #6 Most commonly used Verbs Followed by Preposition Part Two




Most Commonly Used Verbs Followed by Preposition  
Part Two
dedicate to
devoted to, give entirely to something or someone
deprive of
to take away something
derive from
to make something from another
divert from
alter the direction or course of action
efficient in
expert at . skilful in
eligible for
qualified for or worthy of
exempt from
leave out, omit
fall in
agree//collapse

Thursday, 18 February 2010

ICSE Examinations 2008 and 2009 Grammar Questions and Answers

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. 


Saturday, 6 February 2010

Grammar Revision Questions

Rewrite the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary but don’t change the meaning of the sentence.
  1. The Director accepted his proposal ultimately. (Use: ‘rejected’)
  2. His father is too honest to accept bribe. (Remove: ‘too’)
  3. As soon as I started to run, my left foot was twisted.(Use: ‘no sooner’)
  4. Your son was admitted to this school last year. (Use: ‘admission’)
  5. The news is too good to be true. (Remove: ‘too’)
  6. As soon as the chairman arrived, the directors put up their demands. (Use: no sooner’)
  7. He agreed with his son on the choice of his subjects. (Use: ‘oppose’)
  8. The king received his General coldly after losing the war. (Use: ‘cold’)
  9. Shankar is so intelligent that he doesn’t need any advice.(Use: ‘too’)
  10. As soon as the crowd started shouting the slogans, the Minister ran away. (Use: ‘no sooner’)
  11. He succeeded in the competition in the very first attempt. (Use: ‘fail’)
  12. She does not intend to participate in the tournament. (Use: ‘intention’)