English Paper I Revision Practice

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English Paper 1

Grammar and Composition
Question 1
You are the Manager-Customer Service of a company producing office stationery products. Write a letter in reply to a customer of your company who has complained about the poor quality of a product sent to him/her.                                                     
Question 2
a)     Fill in the blanks with appropriate words.                                                                   
1.     Kindly bear ……. for the late reply.
2.     The old lady is afflicted ……. gout.
3.     His rude behaviour took everyone …… surprise.
4.     The workers raised many complaints …….the proprietor.
5.     The watchmen alerted the new occupants …….the high rate of burglaries.
6.     Fools rush ……. where angels fear to tread.
7.     The decision to form a new committee was put …….hold.
8.     The teacher put an interesting twist …….the explanation of the poem.
b)    Rewrite the following sentences according to the instruction given after each. Make changes that are necessary, but do not change the meaning of any sentence.          
1.     Focus on your goal or you will not achieve it.
(Use: Unless)
2.     If you aren’t a member of the Club, you cannot sit in the lounge.
(Begin: You….)
3.     George asked, “Don’t you like to read books, Harris?”
(Change the narration)
4.     The crowd turned violent since the policemen were rude.
(Begin: But….)
5.     When Renuka was in misery, no friends except Aruna helped her.
(Begin: Apart….)
6.     I entered the office. Sheela was getting out of the car.
(Combine the two sentences)
7.     No sooner had I arrived at the stadium than the match started.
(Use: Hardly)
8.     The Tin Drum is one of the greatest plays by Gunter Grass.
(Use: great)
9.     Jeremy was said to be in the army.
(Begin: People….)
10.  This project will take six months to finish.
(Begin: In six months ….)

Answers given below

Question 1
You are the
Manager-Customer Service of a company producing office stationery products.
Write a letter in reply to a customer of your company who has complained about
the poor quality of a product sent to him/her.                                                [10]
·      
Formal Letter
·      
Polite formal style.
·      
Points
1.    
Receipt of Complaint date
2.    
Name of product
3.    
Nature of damage.
4.    
Assurance to look into the complaint.
5.    
If the complaint is genuine, assurance to compensate
for the damage.
6.    
Regret for the inconvenience caused.
7.    
Requesting continued patronage of the customer.
Question 2
a)    
Fill in the blanks with appropriate words.                                                                      
[5]
1.    
Kindly bear with for the late reply.
2.    
The old lady is afflicted with gout.
3.    
His rude behaviour took everyone by surprise.
4.    
The workers raised many complaints against
the proprietor.
5.    
The watchmen alerted the new occupants to the
high rate of burglaries.
6.    
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
7.    
The decision to form a new committee was put on hold.
8.    
The teacher put an interesting twist to the
explanation of the poem.
b)    
Rewrite the following sentences according to the
instruction given after each. Make changes that are necessary, but do not
change the meaning of any sentence.          
[10]
1.    
Focus on your goal or you will not achieve it. (Use:
Unless)
Unless you
focus on you goal, you will not achieve it.
2.    
If you aren’t a member of the Club, you cannot sit in
the lounge. (Begin: You….)
You should
be a member of the Club to sit in the lounge.
3.    
George asked, “Don’t you like to read books, Harris?”
(Change the narration)
George
asked Harris whether he did not like to read books.
4.    
The crowd turned violent since the policemen were rude.
(Begin: But….)
But for the
rudeness of the policemen, the crowd would not have turned violent.
5.    
When Renuka was in misery, no friends except Aruna
helped her. (Begin: Apart….)
Apart from
Aruna, none of her friends helped Renuka in (her) misery.
6.      
I entered the office. Sheela was getting out of the
car. (Combine the two sentences)
When I
entered the office, Sheela was getting out of the car.
7.      
No sooner had I arrived at the stadium than the match
started. (Use: Hardly)
Hardly had I entered the stadium when the match
started.
8.      
The Tin
Drum
is one of the greatest plays by Gunter Grass. (Use: great)
Very few plays by Gunter Grass are as great as The Tin Drum.
9.      
Jeremy was said to be in the army. (Begin: People….)
10.    
This project will take six months to finish.(Begin: In
six
months ….)

In six
months’ time the project will be finished.

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