Shall and Will

Expect grand end to glittering tourney

And so to final day. Tonight we shall all shuffle over the precipice and - depending on your team colours (sorry, I don't believe anyone is going into this humdinger as a neutral) - we shall tumble cheering or commiserating into the history books.

Sunday, 1 July, 2012, 12:00am

Paws for thought

Hello Friends!

Are we all looking forward to getting some red packets?

I know I am!

It's always great to think of all the things I can splash out on. The only problem is that I could spend my money about six different ways - seven if you count the iPad I want.

I guess I should save my cash for um... er... rainy days, as they say.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Should rules be tightened on beauty salons?

Complaints have been received about the services provided by some beauty salons.

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Have your say

Joy of poetry

Poems are amazing and surprising.

Compared to writing novels or essays, poetry lets you express your feelings easily as you can use vivid imagery and figurative language.

I think writing poems is a good method to release pent up emotions.

I get to understand my mind and feelings better.

28 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Language point

If you could wish for anything in the whole world for your pet, what would it be?

23 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

Passengers need to pass by the images at more than 4.8km/h ...

'Need' sometimes behaves like an ordinary verb, as in the above example.

However, it can also act like a modal. Modals are always used with other verbs. Examples of modals include can, could, may, will, would, shall, should, etc.

11 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

When we talk about events in the future we can say that something will happen or, if we are not sure, we can say it might or could happen. Example: Tomorrow will be Friday, and the weather might be sunny.

In the story, the writer also uses some other phrases to talk about what could happen 100,000 years from now:

'I think that the Earth will ...'

12 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Give me five

Give me five

only time will tell


something will become clear at some time in the future

Example: Only time will tell if the government gets it right in response to popular demands. (SCMP, September 25, 2003)

to carve out

(phrasal verb)

to succeed in achieving something for oneself

24 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Language point

A lot of words have the same group of letters. But sometimes these letters are pronounced differently. Can you underline the odd one in each of these sets of words?

1. hall ball shall

2. home come dome

3. rice dice office

4. seat neat great

5. lose pose nose

6. cough trough plough

7. ramp tramp swamp

17 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Officers have suitable language skills

I refer to the letter from Nicholas Shearman headlined 'Language barrier', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on June 17.

27 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Master the art of words with the aid of a good dictionary

A good dictionary is the most useful book you can have on your desk. It will tell you everything you want to know about words. Words are not dry and boring. They are alive and cool.

12 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Unfair rule

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Degree door may be closed' (South China Morning Post, August 11), which was in response to the letter headlined, 'Unfair rule' (Post, July 21), written by my son.

My son's fate has now been sealed and the degree door has been closed to him at Hong Kong's universities.

19 Aug 1999 - 12:00am