<![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000080;">ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 10</span></strong></p>
Write a letter to the editor of a national English daily newspaper about the need of a Government School in your locality.
(a) You are the Head Boy/Head Girl of your school. Write a notice to be displayed on the notice board informing the students of a painting Competition to be held in your school.
(b) With reference to the above notice, write an email, with a copy to the school Principal, requesting an eminent artist in your city to inaugurate the competition.
(a) Fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets.
Do not copy the passage; write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.
I _______ (0) (slow) the car as I saw the new house.
Answer: (0) slowed.
War ………(1) (be) a gory and glorious affair. Those who win wars ………(2) (present) its glorious aspect in terms of heroism and nobility but defeat in war ………(3) (keep) under cover of the common people as it is nothing but gory. Traditionally, heroism and war ……….. (4) (be) closely connected and the narratives about ……….. (5) (emphasize) on the romanticized version of war, ……….. (6) (present) present it to be a noble affair. But in reality, it is just the opposite. It is all about the suffering, pain and trauma and the people ……….. (7) (fight) the war and the tensions and ………. (8) (suffer) of the relative and well-wishers of the soldiers.
(b) Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:
1. The school is affiliated …………the State Board.
2. The cat jumped ……the wall.
3. The train left ………three in the afternoon.
4. The brothers are warned to desist …………such activities.
5. The manager was ……. the trade union.
6. There is a hill ………our village.
7. The plane flew ……… the outskirts of the city.
8. He left the collage ………. his own accord.
(c) Join these sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.
1. Sumathi lost her pen. It was her birthday gift.
2. He is lazy. The manager dismissed him.
3. Tom is the best wrestler in the team. No other wrestler can be compared to him.
4. There was a flood this year. Many fields were submerged in it.
(d) Rewrite as directed the sentences given below according to the instruction given and making changes necessary, without changing the meaning of each sentence. 
(i) “When will you repay your loan, Jaleel?” the bank manager said. [Change into reported speech]
(ii) As soon as the rain was over, I rushed home. [Begin: No sooner…]
(iii) Shah Jahan was the most spendthrift emperor of the Mughal dynasty. [ Change into positive degree]
(iv) All are welcome. [Begin: Everyone….]
(v) The Diamond was so expensive that I could not buy it. [Use: too]
(vi) It was extremely chilly. The player did not attend the practice session. [Begin: Had ]
(vii) He was late. He was admitted. [Use: Nevertheless]
(viii) I am very often irritated by the rude behaviour of my sister. [Begin: The…]