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Duration – Meaning into Words | Grade XII

Reference Notes | English
Duration – Meaning Into Words
For: Class 12 | Solution of Work Book
Unit 3: Duration

1. Fill in the gaps in the sentences below with until, in by, on or for.

a. She studied medicine ………. the age of 25

Ans: She studied medicine by the age of 25.

b. They got the lunch ready ………. 12:30.

Ans: They got the lunch ready by 12:30.

c. He learnt to swim ………… six weeks.

Ans: He learnt to swim in six weeks.

d. My father ran a bookshop …….. two years.

e. He stayed in bed …………. lunchtime.

Ans: He stayed in bed until lunch time.

f. I studied French …….. five years.

Ans: I studied French for five years.

g. The train is running ….. time today.

Ans: The train is running on time today.

h. We did some housework ……… a couple of hours.

Ans: We did some housework for a couple of hours.

i. They lived in Palpa ……..1990.

Ans: They lived in Palpa until 1990.

2. Rewrite these sentences, beginning with the words given so that they mean the same.

Example: When did you lass have a holiday?

                    How long is it ………………….?

                   How long is it since you last had a holiday?

a. Having lessons is far more interesting than doing tests. Doing tests isn’t ….

Ans: Doing tests isn’t nearly as interesting as having lessons.

b. John said, I’ll come if I have enough time.” John said that ………..

Ans: John said that he would come if he had enough time.

c. He did all the shopping in an hour. It took …….

Ans: It took him an hour to do all the shopping.

d. I was impressed by his speech. I found ………..

Ans: I found his speech impressive.

e. People who don’t say “think you” really get on my nerves. If there’s one thing ………

Ans: If there’s one thing that gets on my nerves it’s people who don’t say “thank you”.

3. Fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions.

a. We did all our housework ……… a couple of hours.

Ans: We did all our housework in a couple of hours.

b. The engineer worked in a project …….. five years.

Ans: The engineer worked in a project for five years.

c. He stayed in bed ……… lunchtime.

Ans: He stayed in bed until lunchtime.

d. The programme was over ………. half-past nine.

Ans: The programme was over by half-past nine.

e. She studied medicine ………. the age of 25.

Ans: She studied medicine by the age of 25.

4. For each of the situation below, ask question with ‘How Long’ and answer it using the words in the brackets.

a. They talked on the phone. (20 minutes)

Ans: A: How long did they talk on the phone?

B: They talked on the phone for 20 minutes.

b. He mowed the lawn. (ten minutes)

Ans: A: How long did it take him to mow the lawn?

B: He mowed the lawn in then minutes.

c. I wrote all my letters. (lunch time)

Ans: A: How long did it take you to write all your letters?

B: I wrote all my letters by the lunch time.

d. I read the whole of ‘War and Peace’. (two weeks)

Ans: A: How long did it take you to read the whole of “War and Peace”?

B: I read the whole of “War and Peace” in two weeks.

e. She did some piano practice. (bed time)

Ans: A: How long did she practice piano? or How long did she do some piano practice?

B: She did some piano practice till bed time.

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