liberal studies

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 January, 2009, 12:00am

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 Who runs the Development Bureau?

a. architect Rocco Yim Sen-kee

b. a body of landlords

c. the government

d. Alain de Botton

2 What sort of structure would not be built in Hong Kong, based on current construction laws?

a. a pyramid-shaped structure

b. a 40-storey tall building

c. a shopping complex next to another shopping complex

d. a house on the peak

3 Where do our current building regulations come from?

a. 1998 Legco sessions

b. the Hong Kong Institute of Architects

c. Britain, circa 1956

d. Hong Kong's building works are completely deregulated

Word Power

Match the words with their meanings below:

1 monotonous

2 regulations

3 archaic

4 ordinance

5 tenement

a. an official rule

b. general government rules

c. out of date

d. a large building divided into small flats; usually found in poorer areas

e. dull, boring, and never changing

Language Focus

Who vs. Whom

It is common to interchange 'who' with 'whom', but there's a distinct difference!

Who refers to the subject of a sentence. Whom refers to the object.

As a reminder, the subject of a sentence is the noun doing the action. The object is the noun to which the action is being done.

For example: Tessa is the girl who can speak five languages.

I invited Beatrice, whom I met at university, to my wedding as well.

The same rules apply when deciding between 'whoever' and 'whomever'.

Fill in the blanks with who, whom, whoever or whomever.

For __________ is this present?

Can __________ is going to the store buy a packet of biscuits for me?

__________ do you turn to when you have a problem?

Think About

1. Do you think Hong Kong's urban landscape is too monotonous?

2. Do you agree with the reforms suggested by architect Rocco Yim Sen-kee's?

3. How are our 'houses, streets and cities' a mental health issue, as philosopher Alain de Botton says?


Reading Comprehension: 1. c, 2. a, 3. d

Word Power: 1. e, 2. b, 3. c, 4. a, 5. d

Language Focus: whom, whoever, whom