# Duration – Meaning into Words | Grade XII

## Reference Notes | EnglishDuration – Meaning Into WordsFor: Class 12 | Solution of Work BookUnit 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.