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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 March, 2009, 12:00am

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Out of which country was former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra ousted?

a. China
b. Vietnam
c. Thailand
d. Malaysia

2 How has Thaksin arranged to deliver his speech to Hong Kong's FCC instead of appearing there in person?

a. via msn
b. via e-mail
c. via satellite
d. via the telephone

3 In whose name did Thaksin buy his house in Ho Man Tin?

a. his mother
b. his wife
c. his son
d. his daughter

Word Power

Match the following words with their definitions below

1 oust
2 bolt-hole
3 plot
4 impose
5 opponent
6 bilateral
7 skirmish

a. a convenient place to escape to
b. to eject from a position or place; to force out
c. to establish or apply with force and by authority
d. a secret plan usually to accomplish an evil or unlawful end
e. when two nations or parties work together
f. a person you compete against
g. a minor battle or small fight

Language Focus

'Compliment' and 'complement'

These two words are often confused. They sound the same, and look very similar, but have very different meanings. The verb 'to compliment' means to praise or admire. The verb 'to complement' means to suit or add to something.


Compliment: Sue complimented Helen on her good work. Joe complimented Sara's painting.

Complement: The blue sky complements the green trees. Her shirt complements her eyes. Fill in the blanks:

1 I feel proud when Mum ________ my homework.

2 I love adding grated cheese to pasta - the flavours ______ each other.

3 My teacher _______ my story and gave me an A.

4 Orange juice and Coke do not ______ each other. They taste horrible when mixed together.


Reading comprehension: 1. c, 2. c, 3. d

Word power: 1. b, 2. a, 3. d, 4. c, 5. f, 6. e, 7. g

Language focus: 1. compliments, 2. complement, 3. complimented, 4. complement

Think About

1 Why does the writer think Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's 'love affair with Hong Kong' might be over?

2 How did Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva influence Thaksin's decision not to speak in Hong Kong last week?

3 Should Hong Kong establish an extradition treaty with Thailand?