Chapter 2

NCERT
Class 9
English
Solutions
IV. Dictionary work l The sound of the shehnai is auspicious. l The auspicious sound of the shehnai is usually heard at marriages. Copy

Question:

IV. Dictionary work

-The sound of the shehnai is auspicious.

-The auspicious sound of the shehnai is usually heard at marriages.

The adjective auspicious can occur after the verb be as in the first sentence, or before a noun as in the second. But there are some adjectives which can be used after the verb be and not before a noun. For example :

-Ustad Faiyaz Khan was overjoyed. We cannot say : the overjoyed man. Look at these entries from the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (2005).

adjective only
before
noun
not
before
noun
both before
and after
the verb be
indispensable
impressed
afraid
outdoor
paternal
countless
countless

Consult your dictionary and complete the following table. The first one has been done for you.

Use these words in phrases or sentences of your own.

Answer:

1. He is indispensable for the successful completion of the plan.

2. Ram was impressed by my dancing.

3. He is afraid of the teacher.

4. Football and cricket are outdoor games.

5. She enjoys the company of her paternal uncle.

6. Neha was showered with countless gifts.

7. My teacher gave me a priceless piece of advice.

adjective only
before
noun
not
before
noun
both before
and after
the verb be
indispensable
impressed
afraid
outdoor
paternal
countless
countless

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