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20 Important CBE-Board English Grammar Questions | 2023 Updated | Class IX-X

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

Competency-Based English Integrated Grammar


Topics Covered:

  • Reported Speech

  • Editing Errors

  • S-V Agreement

  • Gap Filling

  • Passive voice

  • Modals

  • Tenses

Q1.Choose the correct option as a suitable reply on behalf of Miss Grundy.

(Topic: Reported Speech)

​Miss Grundy : Mohit, you spent time on this homework assignment and it really shows.

​Mohit : Thanks Miss Grundy. You mean it's that good?

Miss Grundy : No, I mean it's covered with stains from a whole evening's worth of snacks.

(a) Miss Grundy angrily replied that it was covered with stains from a whole evening's worth of snacks.

(b) Miss Grundy angrily replied that it is covered with stains from a whole evening's worth of snacks.

(c) Miss Grundy angrily replied that Mohit's assignment page was covered with stains of snacks which he had in the previous evening.

(d) Miss Grundy meant to say that she was angry as Mohit's assignment page was stained with snacks.


Q2. Read the conversation between Tom & George & Complete the sentence by framing Tom's question in reported speech. (Topic: Reported Speech)


Tom : Have you finished your lesson George ?

George : No father, I haven't finished yet

Tom : Why, my son?

George : Because it is very difficult. Every time I learn it, I forget it.


When Tom asked his son, George if he had finished his lesson, George replied in the negative. Tom then asked his son ___________________


Q3. Select the correct option to fill in the blanks for the given line from a health magazine. (Topic: Modals)

Overweight, obesity and their impacts in different dimensions of health ____ be considered as one of the most important public health priority. There is a need for comprehensive strategies for prevention and control of this epidemic.


(a) should (b) must (c) might (d) can


Q4. Select the option that identifies the errors and supplies the correction for the following line from a news report. (Topic: Preposition)

Attention is our state of grace, distraction the original sin. Get rid in the distractions, and attention will naturally return.


Option No.

Error

correction

A.

is

was

B.

in

of

C.

the

an

D.

will

might

Q5. Complete the given narrative by filling in the blank with the correct option. ( Topic: Tense)

As newspapers recede further from mass circulation and breaking news, they ______ a new openness to narrative and literary styles.


(a) have developed (b) had developed (c) were developed (d) were developed


Q6. Fill in the blank by using the correct form of the word in the bracket for the given portion of a letter.

Subject: Request for Granting Casual Leave

Dear Sir,

This is to bring to your notice that I _______(ask) for your approval in granting me a casual leave for a day.


Q7. Report the dialogue between Reeta & her mother by completing the sentence.


Reeta : Mom, we're going for a picnic tomorrow.

Mother : Where are you going?

In response to the statement of Reeta that she was going for a picnic the next day, her mother asked her __________.


Q8. Identify the error in the given sentence from a school magazine report and supply the correction. (Topic: Tense)

Despite limited empirical evidence, there are growing concern that junk food availability in schools has contributed to the childhood obesity epidemic.

Error

Correction

Recommended Reading: Tenses & their Uses

Q9. Fill in the blank by choosing the correct option to complete the slogan by the Ministry for Child welfare. (Topic: Modals)


You ___ force your child to hold a pencil, not to wash utensil.

(a) can (b) may (c) must (d) shall


Q10. Select the correct option to complete the narration of the dialogue between Parul & her mother.

Parul : Mama, tell me where is Papa now?

Mother: Your Papa has gone to his friend’s house.

On being asked by Parul about where her papa was, her mother replied that ____

(a) he has gone to his friend's house.

(b) he had gone to his friend's house.

(c) he was gone to his friend's house.

(d) he have gone to his friend's house.


Q11. Combine the phrases given below to form a passive sentence in the present continuous tense. (Topic: Passive Voice)


investigate/for fraud/this organisation/the government


Q12. The sentence given below is divided into five parts. If converted to passive voice, which of these options can be used to begin the converted sentence?


(i) The teacher (ii) has given (iii) Sunil (iv) a wonderful reward (iv) for his excellent performance in English.

(1)Only (i) (2) only (iii) (3) either (i) or (iii) 4. both (ii) and (iii)


Recommended Reading: Study Passive Voice here

Q13. Rewrite the given sentence to indicate that the action described will occur in the future and continue for an expected length of time. (Topic: Tense)


Wilson was reading the document very carefully this time yesterday.


Q14. Fill in the blanks to complete the sentences given below. (Topic: Subject-Verb Agreement)

The police (a)_____ prepared a list of suspects for the robbery case. Each of the suspects (b) ___ not allowed to leave the town until further notice.


Recommended Reading: Study Subject-Verb Agreement Here

Q15. Which of the following sentences does not use passive voice:

  1. My peer assured me that he'd have my parcel delivered by evening.

  2. Alex finished her shopping for the farewell party on Monday.

  3. The place will be decorated in time before the guests arrive.

  4. The town was flocked by visitor from far and wide.

Q16. Which sentence shows that Edward is able to finish a painting in two days?

  1. Edward can finish a painting in two days.

  2. Edward may finish a painting in two days

  3. Edward has to finish a painting in two days.

  4. Edward ought to finish a painting in two days.

Q17. Choose the option that completes the sentence below correctly.

I just hear the journalist report that several highways in Uttarakhand _____ blocked due to landslides are incessant rain batters the hill state.

  1. had been

  2. have been

  3. were being

  4. will have been

Recommended Reading: Tenses & their Uses

Q18. Rewrite the conversation below and choose the option that best presents the designer words to Rachel.


Ross: Hey, Rachel! What did the interior designer say about the new design?

Rchel: The designer informed me that he would have the design ready by the following week.


  1. The designer said, 'I will have the design ready by next week.'

  2. The designer said, 'I would have the design ready by next week.'

  3. The designer said, 'I would have had the design ready by the following week.'

  4. The designer said, ' I will be having the design ready by the following week.'

Q19. Report the father's response to his daughter's question in direct speech.

Daughter : Will you allow me to go for trekking with my classmates ?

Father affectionately replied in the negative because they were going to Singapore for a family holiday.

Ans:


Q20. Rewrite these sentences using the tense that is appropriate for the given context.

  1. I did the exercise hundreds of times before.

  2. If he had shown some patience, I answered his question.

Ans:

1.(c) Miss Grundy angrily replied that Mohit's assignment page was covered with stains of snacks which he had in the previous evening.

2. Why he had not finished his lesson yet.

3. (b) must

4. (b) in___ of

5. (a) have developed

6. am asking

7. where she was going.

8. are___ is

9. (c) must

10. (b) he had gone to his friend's house.

11.This organisation is being investigated for fraud by the government.

12. (2) only (iii)


Explainer:

Sunil has been given a wonderful gift for his excellent performance in English ( Passive Voice starts with the object of the Active voice. Sunil, being the object of the active voice, passive voice will start from him.

13. Wilson will be reading the document very carefully this time tomorrow.


Explainer: Future continuous tense is used to show an action that continues for some time in future.

14. (a) have (b) is

15. (2) Alex finished her shopping for the farewell party on Monday.

16. (1) Edward can finish a painting in two days.

17. (2) have been

18. (1) The designer said, 'I will have the design ready by next week.'

19. Father replied, 'No, dear. We are going to Singapore for a family holiday.'

20. (1) I have done the exercise hundreds of times before.

(2) If he had shown some patience, I would have answered his question.

Explainer:

(1) We usually use present perfect tense for the time adverbial 'before'.

(2) If we use 'had + V3' in the first part of the sentence, the second part should be written with 'should have/could have/would have + V3'

e.g. If he had called me yesterday, I would have gone to his house.


Recommended Reading: competency-based Grammar Worksheet

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