Coordination, Innovation, Celebration

English Grammar Practice

Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate word.

1. Simla sent me ____ sms last week. (a/an/the)
2. Arjun has gone to ___ UAE. (a/an/the)
3. ___ boys are singing a song. (Most/Most of/The most)
4. _____ rice is rotten in the sack. (A/Two/Some)
5. ________ girls are beautiful. (That/Those/The)
6. ______ things should be taken seriously. (This/Such/That)
7. _________ books were checked within a short period of time. (Little/Several/Much)
8. _____ of the cake is mixed with cream. (Most/The Most/Must)
9. __________ pens are expensive. (Few/Little/Much)
10. _____ one of these chairs is broken. (Few/Each/All)
11. ______ hard work has to be done to get through this test. (Few/Many/A little)
12. Copper is ____ useful metal. (a/an/the)
13. Anju has returned from_____ America. (x/an/the)
14. I saw ____ ewe lying dead beside the road. (a/an/the)
15. ____Mt. Everest is in Nepal. (A/X/The)
16. Dr Gurung won ____ Madan Prize. (a/the/x)
17. There is_____ news for you. (a/an/x)
18. ___ tiger is a carnivorous animal that lives the jungle. (A/The/X)
19. ____ book I bought yesterday is very interesting to read. (A/The/X)
20. He ____ tea every morning. (drink/drinks/drank)
21. Honey____ sweet. (is/was/am)
22. He and I_____ going to market for shopping. (am/are/is)
23. My uncle ___________ tomorrow. (arrives/is arriving/was arriving)
24. Sheila _____ her case, look. (has packed/packed/had packed)
25. It _________________ since morning. (is raining/has been raining/rained)
26. She________________ unconscious since four o’clock. (has been/is/was)
27. Shital ______________the race in 2015. (has won/won/had won)
28. When I reached the counter, the counter _____________ closed. (had been/was/has)
29. By next March we _________________ here for four years. (shall be living/shall have been living/shall have lived)
30. He will____________ before you go to see him. (be leaving/will leave/will have left)
31. I will ______________ here till Sunday. (stay/be staying/will have been staying)
32. Ram thinks that he _____________ meet me tomorrow. (is going to/will/will have)
33. When the bell rang, Reena ___________ some revision work. (is doing/will be doing/was doing)
34. Mom said angrily, “You __________ TV!” (always watch/always are watching/often watch)
35. _______ (Can/Could) you pass me the salt? (polite request)
36. I ________ (can/could) sing a song. (ability)
37. ______ (Might/May) success attend you! (wish)
38. He _________ (may/might/could) be drawing a picture. (weakest possibility)
39. ______ (May/Can) I phone you tonight, Sir? (formal situation)
40. You ________ (should/have to) obey your parents. (moral duty)
41. Riya _______(mustn’t/doesn’t have to) wear school uniform on Saturdays.(voluntary)
42. Dinesh ___________ (must/has to) return the book within one week of issuance. (library rule)
43. I ________ (must/have to) carry necessary things even if the organizer has promised. (insistence)
44. We _____ (must/ought to) help the needy. (moral obligation)
45. Ram failed Literature paper, he ____________ (should study/should have studied) hard.
46. I _____________________ (didn’t need to buy it/I needn’t have bought it). Anyway, my money is saved.
47. I went to the jungle and met a tiger. Luckily, I _____ (can/could) climb the tree and save my life.)
48. Arjun _________ (could/was able to) save his life in the war.
49. Diya _______ (can/is able to) apply for this job now.
50. Sumitra will go to Bangladesh _____ January 17, 2017. (in/on/at)
51. Arun goes to bed ____ 10 pm. (in/on/at)
52. If you boil water, it________ (steams/will steam/can steam).
53. He got his books ________. (to cover/covered/cover)
54. Amrit got his sister ______ (clean/cleaned/to clean) his bedroom.
55. Aarya made her servant _________ (wash/to wash/washed) clothes.
56. Anju had her mother ______ (to teach/teach/taught) her maths.
57. Let’s play volleyball, _________? (will you/shall we/should we)
58. Let us sing a song,_______? (will you, shall we/do you)


1. an 2. the 3. Most 4. Some 5. Those 6. Such 7. Several 8. Most 9. Few 10. Each 11. A little 12. a 13. x 14. a 15. x 16. the 17. x 18. A/The 19. The 20. drinks 21. is 22. are 23. is arriving 24. has packed 25. has been raining 26. has been 27. won 28. had been 29. shall have been living 30. have left 31. be staying 32. will 33. was doing 34. always are watching 35. Could 36. can 37. May 38. Could 39. May 40. should 41. doesn’t have to 42. has to 43. must 44. ought to 45. should have 46. didn’t need to buy it 47. could 48. was able to 49. can 50. on 51. at 52. steams 53. covered 54. to clean 55. wash 56. teach 57. shall we 58. will you


How to write a Book Review?


A book review is a personal assessment-critique-explaining how well an author has covered a specific topic. As a reviewer, you analyze the book for how well it tells a story or conveys information. And more than that, you evaluate the quality of writing and organization. It is important that your review enables the reader to arrive at his or her own decision about reading the book. It is a fresh and creative approach, or has it been said before? Above all, has the book helped in your understanding of the subject at hand? Before you begin to write, here are some sample questions to consider:
·       What is the genre of the book? (fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, fantasy, romance etc)
·       How does it provide information about the author and his/her background?
·       What is the plot? Who are the main characters? When and where does the main action take place?
·       How does the story unfold? Why is the story told in this manner?
·       What point of view is expressed?
·       What are the book’s strong and weak points?
·       What examples illustrate my overall feelings about the book?
·       How strong is the writing?
·       How could this work be improved?
·       Why does the book succeed or fail?
·       How did the book affect you? Have your opinions about the topic changed?
·       Is the book interesting, memorable, entertaining or instructive? Why?

§  If you are writing a book review, don’t give away the ending! You’ll kill the reader’s interest if you divulge the entire plot. Keep an element of suspense.
§  Try to learn the difference between what’s objective and what your own personal taste is. Leave out the stuff that’s your own taste.
§  Your review should include the book’s title, characters, author, publisher, and price.

A Sample

Title:                    Tomorrow, When the War Began
Author:                John Marsden
Genre:                 Fantasy
Publisher:            Houghton Mifflin
Characters:          Ellie, Lee, Fi, Corrie, Kevin, Robyn and Homer
Price:                    $ 550

If you are to travel on the bus and read along the way, each book falls into one of two categories: those that make you miss your stop and those that don’t at all. Deep into John Marsden’s imaginary work, ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’, I missed my stop once and barely made it  next time.  This absorbing novel is about seven teenagers who go on a trip for a week to a secluded wilderness called ‘Hell’.

When the group returns home, they discover that their country has been invaded and their families have been taken prisoners. After a series of adventures, the group retreat to Hell for safety reasons. While there, they decide that they will try to win back their country and fight against the enemy.

The story is told from the point of view of Ellie, one of the teenagers. Her story illustrates how seven normal teenagers can change from being innocent high school pupils into courageous heroes fighting for their country.

Ellie describes each of the seven teenage characters quite early in the book. By the end of the book, the characters seem to have changed. They have all grown in each other’s eyes and learned a great deal about war, about life and death, and about themselves.

Tomorrow, When the War Began is a tense, exciting and frighteningly realistic story, the first of a seven-part series. I found it unputdownable. In fact, I read it in one day. I would recommend it to everyone—both adolescents and adults. It is one of Marsden’s best.


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