NCERT Class 7 English Solutions: Gopal and the Hilsa Fish Chapter 3– Part 2

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Working with Language

Question 1:

Notice how in a comic book, there are no speech marks when characters talk. Instead what they say is put in a speech ‘bubble’. However, if we wish to repeat or ‘report’ what they say, we must put it into reported speech.Change the following sentences in the story to reported speech. The first one has been done for you.

(i) How much did you pay for that hilsa?The woman asked the man how much he had paid for that hilsa.(ii) Why is your face half-shaven?Gopal’s wife asked him ……(iii) I accept the challenge, Your Majesty.Gopal told the king ……(iv) I want to see the king.Gopal told the guards ……(v) Bring the man to me at once.The king ordered the guard ……

Answer:

(ii)Why is your face half-shaven?Gopal’s wife asked him why was his face half-shaven.

(iii) I accept the challenge, Your Majesty.Gopal told the king that he accepted his challenge.

(iv) I want to see the king.Gopal told the guards that he wanted to see the king.

(v) Bring the man to me at once.The king ordered the guard to bring the man to him at once.

Question 2:

Find out the meaning of the following words by looking them up in the dictionary. Then use them in sentences of your own.(i) Challenge(ii) Mystic(iii) Comical(iv) Courtier(v) Smearing

Answer:

(i) Challenge – ask to contest, dareThe boss challenged Rahul to finish his work before the time.

(ii) Mystic – believing in spiritual powerSome people do believe in the mystic forces.

(iii) Comical – funnyI liked the comical act of the joker the most.

(iv) Courtier – officials of the king’s courtBirbal was one of the clever courtiers presents in Akbar’s court.

Akbar's Court

Akbar's Court

(v) Smearing – to apply coat or markHe smeares his face with ashes.

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