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HSC Sylhet Board -2023 English 2nd Paper Question with Answer

Updated: Feb 26

Sylhet Board-2023

Sub Code 1 0 8

Time : 3 hours

English (Compulsory) 2nd Paper

Total Marks : 100

[According to the Syllabus of 2023]

[N.B. The figures in the right margin indicate full marks.]

Part A : Grammar (60 Marks)


1. Fill in the blanks with suitable preposition: 0.5x10=5

Corruption is a curse (a) — a nation. It is a great hindrance (b) — the development. (c) -- corrupted people, a nation will surely suffer (d) — the long run. Corrupted people are hated (e) -- all. The common mass have no good feeling (f) -- them. They are devoid (g) — honesty and purity. They don't abide (h) -- the social rules. Morality doesn't have any impact (i) — these criminals. They bring no sweet fruit for their land and so it is high time we stood (j)— them unitedly.


2. Complete the sentences with the suitable phrases/words given in the box: 0.5x10=5

:there was born ; what does... look like as soon as let alone

had better would rather what's it like . have to

(a) Anika can't afford a bus ticket, — air ticket.

(b) It may rain today. You -- reach home earlier.

(c) -- is many years since we first met. How time does fly!

(d) As his brother met an accident, he needs to go to hospital possible.

(e) We — develop our view about hartal and strike. Let's change our destructive culture. .

(f) — have been remarkable changes in the behaviour of our young generation.

(g) Maria Manda is a promising footballer of our country. She —in a remote village, Kalsindur.

(h) — having integrity in one's character? It is the best quality of a man.

(i) He is very poor but honest. He -- starve than cheat anybody.

(j) — a squirrel --?


3. Complete the following sentences with suitable phrases or clauses: lx10-10

(a) Most of the rivers are getting polluted day by day. It is high time —.

(b) Milk is rich in food values. We should take milk every day so that --.

(c) Mr. John is very interested in tourism. He wants to visit Bangladesh with a view to —.

(d) I like to play cricket in my leisure time. When I get a chance,

(e) No nation can develop without education. So, it is rightly said that

(f) Mina really sings well. If she gets opportunity,

(g) He was a petty clerk. But he behaved as though —.

(h) The weather of that night was very rough. I would have met you provided

(i) Bangladesh is a small country. Though it has a small area, --.

(j) English is an international language. There is not a country in the world where


4. Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context: 0.5x 14=7

It is natural that a man cannot (a) — (live) alone. He always (b) -- (need) a company. He has to (c) -- (express) his thought and ideas, (d) — (think) of others while the others (e) — (be) of the same needs. He (0 -- (have) also the need of others for (g) — (ensure) their safety and comfort. So, he is bound (h) — (live) with others (i) — (make) an institution and it (j) — (call) society. Society (k) — (be) the first organization which (l) --- (make) by our primitive ancestors. They (m) — (be) the first to contribute to (n) — (deyelop) the civilization.


5. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches: 7

Mr. Kalam said to the bank manager, "May I get in, sir?" "Yes, come in," said the bank manager. Mr. Kalam said, "I want to open a bank account." The manager said, "What type of account will you open?" "I want to open a savings account", said Mr. Kalam. "Please go to the front desk. The officer will help you:" "Thank you very much," Mr. Kalam said.


6. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank spaces:

Drug addiction among the young generation has become a (a) — (pre-modify the noun) concern. Drug is mainly used as medicine (b) — (use an infinitive to post-modify the verb) diseases and an excess of taking drug for no disease is called drug addiction. It has grasped the young generation (c) -- (post-modify the verb). They take drugs to forget (d) .— (use possessive to pre-modify the noun) sadness. (e) — (pre-modify the noun) people take drugs (f) — (use adverb to post-modify the verb). Drug addiction causes (g) — (pre-modify the noun) harm to human body. (h) — (use a participle) them aware, we can remove this curse from our society. All concerned should take initiatives (i) — (use an infinitive to post-modify the verb) it. The criminals should be punished with an (j) — (use a noun adjective) hand.


7. Use appropriate connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage: 0.5x14=7

Bangladesh is a free and sovereign country. (a) — it was a part of Pakistan from 1947 to 1971. In 1971 it became independent (b) — started its journey as a free nation. (c) — the journey was not smooth at all. On 7 March, 1971 (d) — Bangabandhu delivered his speech, the common mass got united (e) — started their preparation for a war. The Pakistani forces started mass killing (f) — killed about 30 lakh innocent people. They thought (g) — they could suppress the Bangalees within a few days. (h) — the brave sons of our land proved them wrong. (i) — the freedom fighters didn't have modern weapons in their hand, they were the real patriots and courageous. (j) —, after few months they became successful in their mission. (k) — the long waited date came (l) — the Bangalees got their victory on 16 December, 1971. (m) — we are the citizens of a free land (n) — marching forward to the way of lasting development very quickly.


8. Read the passage and then write the antonym or synonym of the words as directed: 0.5x14=7

Facebook is a very popular social networking site with over eight hundred million users. But it has both positive and negative effects on its users. We can keep in touch with our friends and relatives. It is the best means to stay connected with people. Facebook helps us make friendship even with unknown people. On the other hand, it is very easy for cyber bullies to thrive. They can harass any one. Besides, teenagers are spending too much time on it.

(a) Popular (antonym); (b) effects (synonym); (c) touch (synonym); (d) friends (antonym); (e) means (synonym); (f) connected (antonym); (g) help (synonym); (h) make (synonym); (i) unknown (antonym); (j) easy (antonym); (k) thrive (synonym); (I) harass (synonym); (m) teenager (antonym); (n) spend (synonym).


9. Use the necessary punctuation marks in the following text. Rewrite the text correcting the errors and make capitalization if necessary: 0.5x14=7

Ratan said to his father I want to go outside for some time. Why it is not the suitable time for going out. I need to meet my friend Shimul. Now it is 8 PM. You should not waste time doing this type of activities father replied. Ill come back before 9 0 clock said Ratan. "This is the last time I think," father said.



Part B: Composition (40 Marks)

10. Suppose, you are Alindo Hasan, a student of Oxford College. Write an application to the principal of your college for opening a relief camp for the flood affected people. 10

11. Write a paragraph on "The Padma Bridge". (200 words) 15

12. Write a paragraph on "Road Accidents in Bangladesh" showing its causes and effects. (200 words) 15






Key to   Sylhet Board-2023


1. (a) for/to; (b) to; (c) For (d) in; (e) by; (f) for; (g) of; (h) by; (i) on; 0) against.

2. (a) let alone; (b) had better; (c) It; (d) as soon as; (e) have to; (f) There; (g) was born; (h) What's it like; (i). would rather; j) What doe's ... look like.

3. (a) It is high time we took necessary steps to protect these rivers from pollution.

(b) We should take milk every day so that we can ensure our good health.

(c) He wants to visit Bangladesh with a view to enjoying the natural beauty of the country.

(d) When I get a chance, I go to the field to play cricket with my friends.

(e) So, it is rightly said that education is the backbone of a nation.

(f) If she gets opportunity, she can be a great singer.

(g) But he behaved as though he had been the boss/owner of the company.

(h) I would have met you provided the weather had been good.

(i) Though it has a small area, it has a vast population/ it is densely populated.

j) There is not a country in the world where English is not used as a medium of communication.

4. (a) live; (b) needs; (c) express; (d) think; (e) are; (f) has; (g) ensuring; (h) to live; (i) making; 0) is called; (k) is; (1) was made; (m) were; (n) developing.

5. Mr. Kalam politely asked the bank manager if he (K) might get in. Replying positively, the manager told him (K) to go in. Mr. Kalam told him that he (K) wanted to open a bank account. Hearing this, the manager asked him (K) what type of account he (K) would open. Mr. Kalam replied that he (K) wanted to open a savings account. Then the manager told him (K) to go to the front desk and added that the officer would help him (K). Finally, Mr. Kalam thanked the manager very much.

6. (a) major/serious/great; (b) to cure/ to treat; (c) seriously/dangerously/badly/greatly; (d) their; (e) These/Young; (0 willingly/ consciously; (g) serious/severe/much; (h) Making; (i) to eradicate/to prevent/to stop; j) iron.

7. (a) Previously/Earlier; (b) and; (c) However/But; (d) as soon as/ when; (e) and; (f) that/and/which; (g) that; (h) Surprisingly/But; (i) Although/Though; (j)'As a result/Consequently/Luckily/ Fortunately; (k) Finally/At last; (l) and/ when; (in) At present/Now; (n) and.

8. (a) unpopular/unknown; (b) consequences/impacts; (c) contact/relation; (d) enemies/foes; (e) way/ medium; (f) isolated/detached; (g) assist/facilitate; (h) build/establish; (i) known/familiar; 0) hard/difficult; (k) advance/ grow/proliferate; (1) tease/disturb/ annoy; (m) adults/aged; (n) waste/ pass/ consume.

9. Ratan said to his father, "I want to go outside for some time." Why? It is not the suitable time for going out it is." "I need to meet my friend, Shimul." "Now, it is 8 p.m. You should not waste time doing this type of activities," father replied. "I'll come-back before 9 o'clock," said Ratan. "This is the last time, I think," father said.


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