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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.




Language level

Intermediate: B1


A cashless society is convenient. I wonder if there are some drawback...?
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I was told my £20 note was not used anymore at a shop...!
I had to go to a bank to change the new plastic one! (☛(◜◔。◔◝)☚))

I think in future paper money will give its place to emoney. People will pay bills using their gadjets or other devices.

Yes currency play a major role in a country identity like $ for usa ,₹ for india etc.
Euro introduction would a positive move if all european country merge in future as a one big country or atleast a united group of country on certain subject like finance .

It's fact that currency is a part of the country identity . And the more stronger the currency the more stronger the country . And yeah, I totally agree that the introduction of the Euro is a good step.

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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.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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.