Download NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English
Chapter 11 The Proposa
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In this pdf file you can see answers of following Questions
1. This play has been translated into English from the Russian original. Are there any
expressions or ways of speaking that strike you as more Russian than English? For
example, would an adult man be addressed by an older man as my darling or my
treasure in an English play?
Read through the play carefully, and find expressions that you think are not used in
contemporary English, and contrast these with idiomatic modern English expressions
that also occur in the play.
3. Look up the following phrases in a dictionary to find out their meaning, and then
use each in a sentence of your own.
(i) You may take it that
(ii) He seems to be coming round
(iii) My foot’s gone to sleep
What does Chubukov at first suspect that Lomov has come for? Is he sincere when
he later says “And I’ve always loved you, my angel, as if you were my own son”?
Find reasons for your answer from the play.
Chubukov says of Natalya: “... as if she won’t consent! She’s in love; egad, she’s like
a lovesick cat…” Would you agree? Find reasons for your answer.
(i) Find all the words and expressions in the play that the characters use to speak
about each other, and the accusations and insults they hurl at each other. (For
example, Lomov in the end calls Chubukov an intriguer; but earlier, Chubukov has himself called Lomov a “malicious, double faced intriguer.” Again, Lomov begins bydescribing Nayalya as “ an excellent housekeeper, not bad-looking, well-educated.”)
You mush have noticed that when we report someone’s exact words, we have to
make some changes in the sentence structure. In the following sentences fill in the
blanks to list the changes that have occurred in the above pairs of sentences. One
has been done for you.
1. To report a question, we use the reporting verb asked (as in Sentence Set 1).
2. To report a declaration, we use the reporting verb __________.
3. The adverb of place here changes to ___________.
4. When the verb in direct speech is in the present tense, the verb in reported
speech is in the ______________ tense (as in Sentence Set 3).
5. If the verb in direct speech is in the present continuous tense, the verb in
reported speech changes to ______________tense. For example, ____________
changes to was getting.
6. When the sentence in direct speech contains a word denoting respect, we add the
adverb _______________in the reporting clause (as in Sentence Set 1).
7. The pronouns I, me, our and mine, which are used in the first person in direct
speech, change to third person pronouns such as____________, ___________,
___________ or __________in reported speech.
Here is an excerpt from an article from the Times of India dated 27 August 2006.
Rewrite it, changing the sentences in direct speech into reported speech. Leave the
other sentences unchanged.
“Why do you want to know my age? If people know I am so old, I won’t get work!”
laughs 90-year-old A. K. Hangal, one of Hindi cinema’s most famous character
actors. For his age, he is rather energetic. “What’s the secret?” we ask. “My intake of
everything is in small quantities. And I walk a lot,” he replies. “I joined the industry
when people retire. I was in my 40s. So I don’t miss being called a star. I am still
respected and given work, when actors of my age are living in poverty and without
work. I don’t have any complaints,” he says, adding, “but yes, I have always been
underpaid.” Recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Hangal never hankered after money or
materialistic gains. “No doubt I am content today, but money is important. I was a
fool not to understand the value of money earlier,” he regrets.