Saturday, January 11, 2003
W O R D   P O W E R


Mixed bag starters

CONFIDENCE in using a language comes from facility of expression, appropriate vocabulary, grammatically correct sentences and usage-friendly constructions.

Gear up your linguistic intuition and discover your language quotient and confidence in spotting the errors in the following sentences :

I 1 The two first pages of my book has been lost

2 Since I have bought this car, I have become very lazy

3 Myself and my friend will not go to school tomorrow

4 Indu has received a letter yesterday

5 They are going home now, isn't it ?

6 The little boy was crying because he had lost her mother

7 Simran was born on June 24, 1974 at 6.20 am

8 Not a word they spoke

9 The bird has broken it's wing

10 The roof has been damaged seriously

 


II Arrange the following adjectives in order of intensity :

1 best, good, better

2 likeable, adorable, tolerable, lovable

3 corpulent, fat, plump

III In each of the groups of words below there are three synonyms and one word of an opposite meaning. Pick out the odd word

1 arrogant, meek, proud, haughty

2 detach, affix, append, fasten

3 artificial, insincere, affected, naive

4 avarice, generosity, cupidity, greed

IV Use each of the given words to fill in the blanks in the following sentences: parable, fable, anecdote, legend, story

1 Cornwall abounds in ...... about King Arthur

2 He read the class the ...... of the fox and the grapes

3 Jesus of Nazareth illustrated religious truths by means of ......

4 Many a true ...... would not be believed if it were told in a novel

5 To illustrate the cleverness of his dog he told me a little ......

Give it a think

A person who knows only one language nowadays is illiterate. Bridle

Answers

I 1 The first two pages of my book have been lost

2 Since I bought this car, I have become very lazy

3 My friend and I will not go to school tomorrow

4 Indu received a letter yesterday

5 They are going home now, aren't they ?

6 The little boy was crying because he had lost his mother

7 Simran was born at 6.20 am on June 24, 1974

8 Not a word did they speak

9 The bird has broken its wing

10 The roof has been seriously damaged

II 1 good, better, best

2 tolerable, likeable, loveable, adorable

3 plump, fat, corpulent

III 1 meek

2 detach

3 naive

4 generosity

IV 1 legends

2 fable

3 parables

4 story

5 anecdote

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