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Starbucks is a global coffee company founded in 1971 in Seattle, Washington, as a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices. Today it is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 20,366 stores in 61 countries. Starbucks went public on June 26, 1992 at a price of $17 per share (or $0.53 per share, adjusted for subsequent stock splits) and closed trading that first day at $21.50 per share. Starbucks Corporation's common stock is listed on NASDAQ, under the trading symbol SBUX. 

Word Power

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 April, 2007, 12:00am

Match the following words with their meanings on the right.


1. affluence


2. unethical


3. lucrative


4. malnourished


5. savour


6. boycott


a. enjoy the taste or flavour of something


b. wealth; prosperity


c. refuse to buy or deal with someone/something


d. profitable; rewarding


e. underfed


f. unprincipled, immoral


Fill in the blanks with the words you have learned.


1. Let's go to that famous French restaurant to _______ its finest dishes.


2. Selling limited-edition sneakers is a _______ business.


3. A famine is sweeping across the country, leaving many children ________.


4. With several candidates embroiled in corruption scandals, many voters planned to _______ the upcoming election.


5. It's _______ for travel guides to abandon travellers on the street as this can tarnish Hong Kong's reputation.


6. Living a life of __________, the man does not have much to worry about.


Language Focus


The use of 'who'


'Who' is a relative pronoun which acts as the subject of the dependent clause.


The following is an example from the passage.


Coffee giants like Starbucks and Nestle have been blamed for the plight of Ethiopian farmers who are left poverty-stricken and malnourished by rock-bottom coffee bean prices.


Combine the following sentences as shown in the example.


Eg. Tommy is an intelligent student.


Tommy can solve the most difficult maths problems.


Answer: Tommy is an intelligent student who can solve the most difficult maths problems.


1. Jack is a very caring man.


Jack always offers a helping hand to the needy.


__________________________________________________


2. Mary sat next to me when I was in Form Three.


Mary won the lottery.


__________________________________________________


3. My sister is a music fan.


My sister can play many musical instruments.


__________________________________________________


Answers: Word Power - 1. b, 2. f, 3. d, 4. e, 5. a, 6. c; Fill in the blanks - 1. savour, 2. lucrative, 3. malnourished, 4. boycott,


5. unethical, 6. affluence; Language Focus - 1. Jack is a very caring man who always offers a helping hand to the needy.


2. Mary who sat next to me when I was in Form Three won the lottery.


3. My sister is a music fan who can play many musical instruments.


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