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AHSEC HS Class 11 Alternative English: Identifying Nouns and Adjectives: Previous Years' Questions Solved

Q. Identify five nouns and five adjectives in the sentences below:

1. HS 2006

It was a strange day, fair by turns and then foul, now bright sunshine, and then dark clouds and driving rain.


Nouns: day, turns, sunshine, clouds, rain.

Adjectives: strange, fair, foul, bright, dark, driving.

2. HS 2007

They were poor and respectable, gentle and sweet. The young girl seemed the perfect type of upright young woman to whom the wise young man dreams of entrusting his future.


Nouns: girl, type, woman, man, future.

Adjectives: poor, respectable, gentle, sweet, young, perfect, upright, young, wise.

3. HS 2008

A little boy once stole a book and brought it to his mother. The mother sold the book for ten rupees and gave him two rupees as a reward. The boy was happy. But for this conduct of his mother, the boy became a thief when he grew up.


Nouns: boy, book, mother, rupees, reward, conduct, thief.

Adjectives: little, ten, two, happy, this, his.

4. HS 2009

The first improvement made by man upon a simple stick was to use it as a club to defend himself against wild beasts and to kill snakes. When he saw that a sharp stick could be thrust, he made it into a spear.


Nouns: improvement, man, stick, club, beasts, snakes, spear.

Adjectives: first, simple, wild, sharp.

5. HS 2010

Men who are always grumbling about their poverty, complaining of their difficulties, whining over their troubles and thinking that their lot in this world is mean and poor, will never get perfect happiness or never achieve any real success.


Nouns: men, poverty, difficulties, troubles, lot, world, happiness, success.

Adjectives: their, mean, poor, perfect, real.

6. HS 2016

I regarded Grandma's room as a dark den. She had two wobbly old candlesticks. There was a plain rocking chair under a lamp on which she could sit and read. She kept her room clean and tidy.


Nouns: Grandma, room, den, candlesticks, chair, lamp.

Adjectives: dark, two wobbly old, plain, clean, tidy.

7. HS 2017

In Japan, some people grow miniature trees that have a famous history and an important place in horticultural art.


Nouns: Japan, people, trees, history, place, art.

Adjectives: some, miniature, famous, important, horticultural.

8. HS 2018

On hot summer nights, Rohan and the other boys sleep out in the yard. They put up a tent in a dark corner, where the trees and bushes are thick.


Nouns: nights, Rohan, boys, yard, tent, corner, trees, bushes.

Adjectives: hot, summer, other, dark, thick

9. HS 2019

The soft rhythm of liturgical chanting wafted through the breeze, making him turn to his right. A small group of people walked solemnly in the distance, wearing robes of blue, the Holy colour of the divine. It was an unusual sight these days. Along with wealth and power, the citizens of the Sapt Sindhu had also lost their spiritual ardour. Many believed their gods abandoned them. Why else would they suffer so?


Nouns: rhythm, breeze, group, people, distance, robes, colour, divine, sight, wealth, power, citizens, Sindhu, ardour, Gods.

Adjectives: soft, liturgical, small, holy, unusual, spiritual.

10. HS 2020

From a statue of him we can see that Socrates was rather ugly. His head almost bald; his eyes were set deep in his large face; he had a great broad nose and coarse lips, and his figure was clumsy. But he had a modest and kind expression. He went about bare-footed, wearing an old robe; and he spent his time in the streets, the market-place, shady corners of the temples, or quiet country lanes and meadows.


Nouns: Statue, Socrates, head, eyes, face, nose, lips, figure, expression, robe, streets, market-place, corners, temples, lanes, meadows.

Adjectives: ugly, bald, large, great,  broad, coarse, clumsy, modest, kind, old, shady, quiet.