Word Power

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 February, 2007, 12:00am

Match the following words with their meanings on the right

1. confined

2. avenues

3. outnumbered

4. oppressed

5. uproar

6. hefty

a. big, plentiful

b. ways of getting or achieving something

c. surpassed; exceeded

d. limited; restricted

e. public criticism and debate (about something)

f. unfairly treated

Fill in the blanks with the words you have learned

1. Dissatisfied with the dictatorial rule of their king, the ________ people rallied together to overthrow his regime.

2. The thugs ________ the police who had to call for backup.

3. She earns a ______ salary as an investment banker.

4. Obtaining a university degree is commonly seen as one of the guaranteed _______ to success.

5. Many rural mainland children are ________ to small classrooms with very little facilities.

6. The professor's remarks that the Holocaust did not happen caused an ________ in western countries.

Grammar Focus

The use of antonyms

Prefixes, such as 'in', 'un' or 'dis', are added to a word to convey its opposite meaning. These words with the opposite meaning are called 'antonyms'.

Below are two examples of antonyms from the passage

equal - unequal

parity - disparity

Add the appropriate prefixes to the following words to convey the opposite meaning.


1. _______ of the fatal effects of smoking, many people take up the habit from a young age.


2. She has just broken up with her boyfriend. It would be _______ to ask her what she would do on Valentine's Day.


3. His _______ bid for the presidency didn't stop him from playing an active role in politics.


4. He is an honest man who always tells the truth. There's no reason for us to ________ him.


5. My teammates ________ with my idea and insisted on pressing ahead with their proposal.


6. Peter is lazy. His was criticised by his boss for being ________.


Word Power - 1. d 2. b 3. c 4. f 5. e 6. a; Fill in the blanks: 1. oppressed 2. outnumbered 3. hefty 4. avenues 5. confined 6. uproar; Grammar Focus - 1. Unaware 2. insensitive 3. unsuccessful 4. discredit 5. disagreed 6. incompetent