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.


Mary is very hardworking.

Mary does revision for five hours every day.


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.



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.