MIND OUR ENGLISH
Articles from July 2010
A look at local English-language newspapers and the language lessons which they can provide.
Your questions answered by Fadzilah Amin.
Spare a thought for the old way of doing things.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED by FADZILAH AMIN
FOR most people, barbecues, parties, lunches and weddings conjure up images of mouth-watering food, interesting people and a relaxing time. For some, such social events resemble nightmares.
A look at some food names and terms that we Malaysians use and the way these names differ from other usages.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED By FADZILAH AMIN
WORDWISE - By S.H. LOKE
Impromptu speeches and debates can help improve English proficiency.
For each set of three words below, find a rhyme for the second and third words so that you get three words (including the italicised word, which rhymes with the first word) that are synonyms of each other.
By S.H. LOKE.
Your questions answered by Fadzilah Amin
THE verbs “refrain” and “restrain” look similar, sound similar and – this is where the trap lies – have a similar meaning. As a result, one often hears or sees “refrain” mistakenly used in place of restrain. My most recent encounter was in the lead article on Page 1 of StarBiz (June 17). The word appeared in the this partial sentence: “The move is to refrain X (person’s name) from using ...”
From Michael Tan
OPEN CHANNEL - From four of our readers
More word-endings to label people
There seems to be some confusion about the word “underage”. I have never seen it spelt as “underaged” in any dictionary (leave online dictionaries out). The word has appeared as “underaged” in The Star on numerous occasions. This is what Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and Macmillan English Dictionary have to say about “underage”, “teenage” and “teenaged”.