Q. 44.1( 27 Votes )
Maxwell in the story speaks for the otter, Mij. He tells us what the otter feels and thinks on different occasions. Given below are some things the otter does. Complete the column on the right to say what Maxwell says about what Mij feels and thinks.
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Use a bit of/a piece of/a bunch of/a cloud of/a lump of with the italicised nouns in the following sentences. The first has been done for you as an example.
(i) My teacher gave me some advice. __________
(ii) Can you give me some clay, please? _________
(iii) The information you gave was very useful. ___________
(iv) Because of these factories, smoke hangs over the city. _________
(v) Two stones rubbed together can produce sparks of fire. ___________
(vi) He gave me some flowers on my birthday. __________________NCERT - First Flight
Look at these examples from the text and say whether the modifiers (in italics) are nouns, proper nouns, or adjective plus noun.
(i) An otter fixation
(ii) The iron railings
(iii) The Tigris marshes
(iv) The London streets
(v) Soft velvet fur
(vi) A four-footed soccer playerNCERT - First Flight
Match the words on the left with a word on the right. Some words on the left can go with more than one word on the right.
(i) a portion of -blood
(ii) a pool of – cotton
(iii) flakes of – stones
(iv) a huge heap of – gold
(v) a gust of – fried fish
(vi) little drops of – snow
(vii) a piece of – water
(viii) a pot of – windNCERT - First Flight
Given below are some nouns, and a set of modifiers (in the box). Combine the nouns and modifiers to make as many appropriate phrases as you can. (Hint: The nouns and modifiers are all from the texts in this book.)
Temple – girls – triangle - Dresses
Person – thoughts – boys - roar
Gifts – scream – farewell - expression
Time – subject – landscape - handkerchief
Crossing – flight – chatterbox - profession
Physique – coffee - view - celebration
College – rough – hundred – Stone - ordinary
Love - Uncomfortable - white - slang - slack
Bare – railroad – tremendous – family - marriage
Plump – invigorating – panoramic – heartbreaking - birthday
Incorrigible – Ridiculous – loud – first - threeNCERT - First Flight
You have seen how Maxwell describes Mij the otter's feelings and thoughts by watching him. Play the game of dumb charades. Take turns to express a feeling or thought silently, through gestures. Let the class speak out their guesses about the feelings or thoughts you are trying to express.NCERT - First Flight
Describing a Repeated Action in the Past
To talk about something that happened regularly in the past, but does not happen any longer, we use would or used to. Both would and used to can describe repeated actions in the past.
(a) Mij would follow me without a lead and come to me when I called his name.
(b) He would play for hours with a selection of toys.
(c)On his way home... Mij would tug me to this wall.
(d) When I was five years old, I used to follow my brother all over the place.
(e) He used to tease me when mother was not around.
To describe repeated states or situations in the past, however, we use only used to.(We cannot use would for states or situations in the past.) So we do not use would with verbs like be, have, believe, etc. Look at the following sentences.
(a) When we were young, we used to believe there were ghosts in school. (Note: belief shows a state of mind.)
(b) Thirty years ago, more women used to be housewives than now. (Note: be here describes a situation.)
From the table below, make as many correct sentences as you can using would and/ or used to, as appropriate. (Hint: First decide whether the words in italics show an action, or a state or situation, in the past.) Then add two or three sentences of your own to it.
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Why does he go to Basra? How long does he wait there and why?NCERT - First Flight
Why was the otter named "Maxwell's Otter"?NCERT - First Flight
What happened when Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom? What did it do two days after that?NCERT - First Flight