light pollution

Word Power

Match the following words with their meanings on the right

1. magnitude

2. pretend

3. desirable

4. grievances

5. unbearable

Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, 12:00am

Cut and Run

Cut and Run

by Jeff Abbott

Sphere, HK$112

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

law enforcement


1. According to Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, which of the following is a factor presenting a greater challenge to police in enforcing the law?

a. growing civic awareness in society

b. fast city development

c. increasing public interest in celebrities' private lives

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It

When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It

by Ben Yagoda

Broadway Books, HK$104

10 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

A momentary fright

Antonym exercise

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Black and white

Understanding the opposites of words

In this TYPE of exam question you are asked to rewrite something in the opposite sense.

The owner of the Aberdeen View Guest House was very upset when he read this description of his business in a well-known guidebook.

20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Language point

A museum in southwest France is exhibiting 'raw' art by the self-taught which was never intended for a public showing.

Meanings can be created by linking words with a hyphen. Depending on the sentence, you can create an adjective, noun or adverb by forming a new word using a hyphen. For example, self-taught means people who learn a subject on their own.

18 May 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

It's a terrific way to catch up while enjoying the outdoors and maintaining fitness.

11 May 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

Whether pet pedicures or nail trims, they are part of an everyday activity we perform at our clinic.

A space makes all the difference - 'every day' and 'everyday'. 'Every day' (two words) is an adverb. It is used when something happens seven days a week. Eg. 'I go for a jog every day after work.'

1 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

You can't help but melt when you look at an adorable puppy.

Be careful when using an adverb or preposition. A different word can have an entirely meaning, e.g. 'look at' (meaning to use your eyes to see something)' and 'look for' (meaning to find). The golden rule is to keep reading and familiarise yourself with different combinations and meanings.

12 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

'Up until now, people have been able to go outdoors and have their smoke ...,' Mr Barry said.

1 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

'So' is a useful little adverb that means 'to such an extent'. It emphasises the degree of an adjective by mentioning its result.

Join together the two halves of these sentences so that they make sense.

1. My mother was so angry with me that ......

2. Dad was so pleased that ......

3. The windows are so dirty that ......

19 May 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

'Every day after finishing school at 3pm, she hurries back to Shenzhen to attend singing lessons ...'

A space makes all the difference - 'every day' and 'everyday'. 'Every day' (two words) is an adverb of frequency. It is used when something happens on seven days a week, eg. 'I go for a jog every day after work.'

18 May 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

Most village schools have 'since' closed because of falling enrolment.

'Since' is an adverb and means from a time that one has already mentioned until now. In the article, it refers to the time when the road network developed and people could afford to send their children to urban schools. Enrolment in village schools has 'since' been declining gradually.

9 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

'DAB leaders blamed their defeat largely on the party's support of an anti-subversion bill.'

The adverb 'largely' has nothing to do with size. It is used to introduce the main reason for a particular situation. Example: He was convicted largely on the DNA evidence.

You may replace it with 'chiefly' or 'mainly'.

The phrase 'at large' has two meanings.

12 Dec 2003 - 12:00am