NIOS Class 10 English Chapter 27 the Parrot Who Wouldn՚t Talk (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2022)

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  • It is a humorous short story about a parrot kept as a pet by the author՚s aunt, Ruby.
  • The aunt bought a parrot and kept it in an ornamental cage. She tried hard to teach the parrot to talk but it would not talk. In fact, the parrot disliked the aunt from the very beginning.
  • One day, when the aunt asked the parrot for a kiss and put her face close to the cage, the parrot in anger knocked her specs off her nose.
  • She felt humiliated. She stopped feeding the parrot, started making faces at it and saying nasty things to it.
  • The author, who was then ten years old, was given the duty to feed the parrot. He lovingly executed his duty. The parrot seemed to like him.
  • One day, he deliberately left the door of the cage open. The parrot flew away. After a few days, it started visiting them frequently, perhaps, to have its favourite food (chillies and mangoes) from the author.
  • Whenever it happened to see aunt Ruby it would repeat the same nasty things to her which she used to utter. This made aunt feel embarrassed.
  • The author humorously conveys the message that even pets like birds understand our feelings towards them. If we show love, they will love us but if we nurse negative feelings, they respond in the same way.
  • Pets need to be treated with love and respect. It is wrong to keep birds in captivity. They need their natural space in the free air.



Modals are special verbs that are used with the main verb to make the sentence more meaningful. Common Modal Verbs are; ought to, could, shall, may, should, might, will, must, would etc.

Modals Are Used To:

1. indicate the possibility or necessity of an event

2. make requests, offers or suggestions

3. to make what you are saying more polite, to seek permission

4. express ability or certainty

5. express moral obligation or duty

6. express willingness, promise or intention

Points to Remember

1. Modal verbs do not take ‘-s’ in the third person singular.

2. They have no – ing and – ed form.

3. Many modal verbs cannot be used in the past tense or the future tense

4. Modals are not used alone. They are always used with the main verb that follows them.

5. We use ‘not’ after modals to make them negative.

Fill in the blanks using the correct word/s from the bracket.

1. ________ I make some coffee for you? (will/shall)

2. Mother is sleeping. I ________ disturb her. (must not/must)

3. ________ you like some tea? (could/would)

4. ________ you please shut the door? (could/should)

5. ________ I borrow your notebook? (may/might)


1. Shall

2. must not

3. Would

4. Could

5. May

Select the correct modal from the box and fill in the blanks.

Select the Correct Modal from the Box and Fill in the Blanks
can՚t, will, would, dare, ought to, must,

1. I ________ like to meet the General Manager.

2. You scratch my back, and I ________scratch yours.

3. Beggars ________ be choosers.

4. It՚s getting late. I ________ go now.

5. You ________ love your Neighbours.

6. How ________ you open my letter?


1. would

2. will

3. can՚t

4. must

5. ought to

6. dare

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