liberal studies

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 September, 2008, 12:00am

Word Power

Match the words with their meanings

1 stringent

2 poise

3 lobbying

4 anthropology

a composure; dignity

b the study of humankind

c an activity designed to influence somebody (especially a politician)

d strict; rigid

Fill in the blanks with the words you have just learned

5 Having been exposed as a liar, Tom found it difficult to regain his ____________________

6 Joe decided that taking ________________________ would help his social studies.

7 The police officer promised ____________________ measures to combat crime.

8 Women in the manufacturing sector are __________________ for better working conditions.

The Adjective Clause

This is a dependent clause which adds more information to a noun. It is possible to combine two sentences into one with an adjective clause.

The clause follows the noun and begins with one of the relative pronouns, such as who, which, where or that.

Below is an example from the passage:

The international media also cried foul over China's selection criteria for hostesses - female volunteers who handed medals to the winners.

Combine the sentences as shown in the example below.

The group was lobbying for better working conditions. The group was made up mostly of women.

The group, which was made up mostly of women, was lobbying for better working conditions.

1 The farmers ate chicken for lunch. The farmers were large men. (who)

2 I bought a pair of shoes at the market last night. The shoes cost HK$300. (which)

3 We went to the movies and then we went to dinner. We saw Batman at the cinema. (where)


1. During which Olympic Games did the

Sydney Symphony mime its performance?

a 2008

b 2006

c 2004

d 2000

2. In which country is eyelid surgery often

given as a graduation gift?

a United States

b China

c South Korea

d Japan

3. What do Olympics hostesses do?

a hand medals to the winners

b usher guests to their seats

c prepare refreshments for athletes

d manage the entire event

Think About It

1 What are the differences between the way western and Chinese people perceive beauty?

2 Can beauty be quantified like a mathematical formula?

3 What does 'search for excellence' mean?


Word power:

1. d, 2. a, 3. c, 4. b, 5. poise 6. anthropology 7. stringent 8. lobbying

Adjective clause:

1. The farmers, who were large men, ate chicken for lunch.

2. I bought a pair of shoes, which cost HK$300, at the market last night.

3. We went to the movies, where we saw Batman, and then we went for dinner.


1. d, 2. c, 3. a



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