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Word Power

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2007, 12:00am

Word Power


Match the following words with their meanings on the right.


1. cub


2. surpass


3. brink


4. starvation


5. jet-setter


6. hypocrites


a. extreme hunger caused by a lack of food


b. people who pretend to have beliefs that they do not truly possess


c. a young wild animal, such as a bear, lion, or tiger


d. verge; edge


e. wealthy people who travel frequently by plane


f. exceed


Fill in the blanks with the words you have learned.


1. He has been on the _______ of a mental breakdown since his company went bankrupt two years ago.


2. American authorities have been labelled as _______ over their anti-terror stance, which has seen hundreds of people being detained without trial.


3. Many children in Africa die of __________ every day.


4. After giving birth to a pair of twins, the female panda only suckled one _____ and left the other to die.


5. He has become a _______ , travelling around the world giving lectures on environmental protection.


6. In this age of gender equality, many women _______ men in their money-making ability.


Language Focus


The use of 'so ... that ...'


When we want to enhance the dramatic effect of a sentence, we can use the 'so ... that ...' structure in a sentence.


Here is an example from the passage:


Erratic weather has been so frequent that people are no longer surprised by news about sudden climate change.


Try to combine the following sentences as shown in the example.


Example:


Mary is very hardworking.


Mary does revision for five hours every day.


Answer:


Mary is so hardworking that she does revision for five hours every day.


1. My cat is very cute.


I want to hug it all the time.


____________________________________________________


2. There are many mosquitoes in the park.


I want to leave immediately.


____________________________________________________


3. The food is very delicious.


I want to take one more order.


____________________________________________________


Answers:


Word Power 1. c, 2. f, 3. d, 4. a, 5. e, 6. b; Fill in the blanks 1. brink, 2. hypocrites, 3. starvation, 4. cub, 5. jet-setter, 6. surpass; Language Focus 1. My cat is so cute that I want to hug it all the time. 2. There are so many mosquitoes in the park that I want to leave immediately.3. The food is so delicious that I want to take one more order.


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