The pound sterling is the oldest currency in the world that is still in use. What do you know about the money used in the UK?


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Task 1

Read the questions and select the right answer.


Task 2

Read the sentences and fill in the gaps by dragging the words from the top.






Hi all,
Why do you use "The word ‘pence’ being very often.." instead of "The word ‘pence’ is being very often.." What structure is using here?

Hi VănDũng,

It's very unusual to use 'be' in a continuous form. The structure here is a reduced form:

The word pence which is often reduced to...

The word pence being reduced to...

This form actually generally requires a further part to the sentence:

The word pence, being often shortened to p  ‘p’ in both the written and in conversational form, can be confusing.

However, this is a transcript of spoken English and so can contain some unusual or non-standard forms - that is a feature of spoken language.


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Yes, it is, but I also do think that the introduction of the Euro was a positive move because it is much easier and less complicated to use and trade. Besides, having the same currency causes less boundaries which makes people think they are not any different from one another. Let's say less difference more PEACE in the world. Therefore, I wish we could have a common currency like the Euro in our Southeast Asia.

Currency also represents in many cases the history of the people, many times famous personalities are recognized throughout this sort of physical representation.

So Can i use England pounds or scotland pounds in all uk?

Hello h3n8y07,

This is a complicated question and there is no clear answer. Some shopkeepers do not accept Scottish banknotes while others do. You can read about the issue on these pages:,5753,-19878,00.html


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After the brexit, several other things Will change in UK. The currency, therefore, were a demonstration that UK never really wanted joining Europe Union.

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