(1) Big Ben is the nickname of a bell that hangs in the clock tower at the northern end of the
Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, England. Officially, the tower itself is called
It was previously known as just the Clock Tower, but was renamed in
September 2012 as a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
(2) However, most
people call the tower “Big Ben” because it is very large.
The clock was designed by Edmund Beckett Denison.
(3) It took 13 years to build. It was
completed in 1859. It has worked continuously since then except for a few months in 1976
when it broke down and had to be fixed.
Big Ben is one of England’s best-known landmarks. Some believe it got its name from Sir
The Elizabeth Tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the
It is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.
Since August 2017, repair work is being done on the clock, which will take four years. For the
safety of those doing this work, Big Ben no longer rings out every hour. It will still be heard on
special occasions, such as the New Year and Remembrance Day.
[Simple English Wikipedia. Big Ben. Retrieved from http://gg.gg/n42w5.]
a. Identify three (3) proper nouns of the underlined sentence (1)
The following sentences are based on the paragraph above. Identify three (3) common
- Officially, the tower itself is called Elizabeth Tower.
- Designed by Edmund Beckett Denison, the clock took 13 years to build.
- Big Ben is one of England’s best-known landmarks.
Identify five (3) verbs of the underlined sentence (2) and (3)