Linguistic Morphology

Stablemate bracketing a shortcut to disaster

Some of our local counterparts would have you believe there is so much skulduggery going on that stablemates need to be bracketed for betting purposes - no not Bracket Win, that was another stupid idea.

Wednesday, 6 January, 2010, 12:00am

The meaning of words


Two Koreas to resume

family reunions

North and South Korea have agreed to resume reunions for separated families following four days of high-level talks in Pyongyang, reports said on Friday.

9 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Summer challenge

Four Young Post readers have taken on a challenge to make

the most of their summers. Jessie Hui monitors their progress

every Saturday for 10 weeks.


Francis Li, 17. Challenge: Rock climbing

17 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

To produce an opposite meaning of a word, we usually add a prefix to it or use a totally different word (e.g. pretty/ugly).

Common prefixes include: un- (happy, unhappy), im- (possible/impossible), il- (legitimate/illegitimate), in- (effective/ineffective), ir- (regular/irregular), dis- (infect/disinfect), non- (metalic/non-metalic), and mis- (inform/misinform).

29 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

Re- is a very useful prefix (a group of letters that are added to the beginning of a word to form another word, known as a compound word). Re- is used to mean that an action or a process is repeated, eg. retell, reread, remarry. Most compound words with the prefix re- are spelt as one word. However, there are two exceptions to this practice.

5 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

Feminine Nouns

A lot of masculine nouns have a feminine equivalent. A king is a man who rules a country and a queen is a woman who does the same job. Can you rewrite these sentences making the person in each one feminine?

1. All my friends at work are looking for a HUSBAND.

2. My BROTHER is very badly behaved at school.

16 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

English still best second language

Tsang Yok-sing's cautionary advice that 'Learning English can lead to chaos' (South China Morning Post, December 9) may likewise be applied to any other language, because the argument pinpoints the illogical difference between the pronunciation of the two words 'laughter and slaughter'; I may add 'thorough'.

31 Dec 1997 - 12:00am