Parts of Speech

You name it

'Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes'Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) - Irish playwright

Name nouns

A name is the word by which a person, thing or place is known. But what is ..?

1 a big name

Wednesday, 7 March, 2012, 12:00am

gifted children

Word Power

Match the following words with their meanings on the right.

1. esteem

2. prodigy

3. toll

4. competitive

5. declined

a. a young person who is unusually intelligent or skilful for their age

28 May 2008 - 12:00am

Cut and Run

Cut and Run

by Jeff Abbott

Sphere, HK$112

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Coping with homonyms

Paper 1a

Homonyms are words which look alike but have different meanings. For example, a row (an argument or a line of things), a clock (a timepiece) and to clock (to hit someone). When a homonym is used, you need to use the context to work out the meaning of the word.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Oh, I am sorry. You wanted that type of litter!

Paper 1a

You should be able to work out the meanings of words from their context.

Some words have a few meanings: litter can mean pieces of paper left in the street, a seat on which people were carried in the past, small stones put in a cat toilet, the straw a farm animal sleeps on, and a set of babies an animal gives birth to all at one time!

13 Mar 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

liberal studies

Word power

Match these words with their meanings on the right

1. faux pas

2. scoops

3. wizened

4. jostled

5. pounce

6. nosy

a. too interested in other people's affairs

b. exclusive news that has not been published before

4 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Opposite meanings

'Is it necessary for me to do all this revision?' 'Of course. But it's quite unnecessary for you to complain all the time.'

The prefix 'un' is very useful. It can be added to a lot of adjectives to give them the opposite meaning.

Eg. Was your bedroom tidy when you left for school this morning? Mine was very untidy but I'm going to clear it out this weekend.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Words, words, words


Paper 1a ;

Choose the right definition

One way of showing you know a word, or can work out its meaning from its context, is to choose the correct definition from a number of possible alternatives.

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Word Power

Word Power

Match the following words with their meanings on the right.

1. cub

2. surpass

3. brink

4. starvation

5. jet-setter

6. hypocrites

a. extreme hunger caused by a lack of food

b. people who pretend to have beliefs that they do not truly possess

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Liberal studies

Word Power

Match the following words with their meanings on

the right.

1. overhaul

2. curb

3. indoctrinate

4. notorious

5. whitewashed

6. toppled

a. covered up (usually mistakes)

b. impose certain beliefs/values on somebody

c. revamp; reform

12 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

The art of being polite

'He is the very pineapple of politeness'

Mrs Malaprop from the celebrated 1775 play, The Rivals we often find ourselves asking others for help or asking people to do things for us in everyday life. Asking a person politely is called making a request.

In the street, you may find yourself being asked directions by a stranger.

For example:

8 May 2006 - 12:00am

A momentary fright

Antonym exercise

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

A grand day

Spot the mistakes in the article and correct them

Chris Wong has written an article for the school newspaper. A teacher has read it and put the following correction symbols.

v no problem

^ word missing

E extra word

S spelling mistake

W a word is wrong in some way

Correct the article.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am