Mishi’s Grammar Problems
Mishi’s grammar questions answered (sent on 19th Feb 2010)
Fill in with appropriate words:
- He lives beyond his means.(beyond/above?)
- Do not live beyond your means.
- The decision rests on you.(with/on?)
I .Replace the italicized word with it’s form as specified:
- I am sorry that he behaved so rudely to your father.( noun )
I am sorry for his rudeness towards your father
- He works so patiently and diligently that he is sure to win the prize.(noun)
He works with such patience and diligence that he is sure to win the prize.
- I was greatly astonished that the village was no longer visible.(noun)
It filled me with astonishment to see that the village was no longer visible.
- A snake is an ungrateful reptile. (noun)
The reptile snake is ungrateful.
II. Transform the following into assertive:
- Alas! What has become of our poor neighbours!
Our neighbours have met a sad fate.
- Oh! I am ruined!
I am ruined.
- Fie on all his companions!
It is a shame that he has such companions.
- Oh for a touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still!
I wish for the touch of a vanished hand and sound of a voice that is still.
- Shame on who behave so!
It is shameful for those who behave in that manner.
III.Transform into Exclamatory:
I wish I had followed your advice.
How I wish I had followed your advice!
A terrible fate awaits the young man.
Oh! What a terrible fate awaits the young man!
I would sacrifice my all to see you alive.
Oh but to see you alive I would sacrifice all I have!
I curse all his activities!
Fie on all his activities!
I wish I could hear the music of Mukesh.
Oh! How I wish I could hear the music of Mukesh!
I wish I could be as tall as that.
Alas! Wish I were as tall as that!
IV. Transform into negative:
- Marconi’s services to silence cannot be ignored.
This is a negative sentence already
- A prudent man does not live beyond his means.
This is a negative sentence already
- All is well that ends well.
All that does not end well is not well
4.It always pour when it rains.
It never rains without pouring.
IV.Fill in with appropriate words:
1.The teacher is very popular _____ students.(with/among?)
2.I am offended ___ his rudeness.(at/by?)
3.The goat jumped _____ the river.
4.He was more than a match ______ the giant.
5.I am ________ some obligation _____ him.
6.More things are wrought _________ prayer than this world dreams ____.
7.We must provide _______ the rainy day.(for/against ?)
8.You may take his word _____ it ,if you please,but _____ my mind seeing is believing.
I . Do as directed:
- Should he see you, he would be surprised. (Begin: Were…..)
Were he to see you, he would be surprised.
- The smell of something burning caused Rekha to dash to the kitchen.(Begin: Rekha dashed)
Rekha dashed to the kitchen as she smelt something burning.
- The policeman was not quick enough to catch the thief. (End: ……….not catch him)
The thief was so fast that the policeman could not catch him.
- Since 1960,I have been in India.(Begin with For)
For the last 50 years I have been living in India.
II. Join (Avoid and, but or so wherever possible)
- Shivaji was seated in his chair. He was surrounded by the attendants. He was advised to attack the enemy at midnight.
Shivaji was seated in his chair surrounded by his attendants who advised him to attack the enemy at night.
- He wants to secure the first position. He works hard for that reason. He should become a lawyer. His father wishes this of him.
To make true his father wish that he should become a lawyer, he wants to secure the first position and studies hard for that reason.
- He is the most honest worker in the town. No other worker can be compared with him.
He is more honest than any other worker in the town.
- His vote must be secured. The cost does not count.
His vote must be secured at any cost.
IV. Fill in with appropriate words:
- The teacher is very popular among students. (with/among?)
- I am offended by his rudeness. (at/by?)
- The goat jumped across the river.
- He was more than a match for the giant.
- I am under some obligation to him.
- More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.
- We must provide for the rainy day. (for/against?)
You may take his word for it, if you please, but to my mind seeing is believing.