Language tip of the week: moneyPosted by Kerstin Johnson on February 27, 2014
In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.
This week’s language tip helps with other ways of saying money:
cash coins or notes that can be spent immediately:
I don’t have any cash, I’ll have to pay with a card.
(small) change coins that are not of high value:
Do you have any change for the phone?
currency the specific type of money used by a particular country:
We don’t accept foreign currency, I’m afraid.
dosh (very informal) money:
Simon can pay, he’s got loads of dosh!
readies (very informal) money that you can spend immediately such as banknotes or coins:
Come on, hand over the readies!
means money that allows you to survive:
I just don’t have the means to go on living in such a big house.
savings money that you have saved in order to spend it later:
We spent half our savings on the lawyer’s fees.
legal tender (formal) coins or notes that are officially accepted in a particular country:
As of December 4th, the £1 note will no longer be legal tender.
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Language Tips of the week is very helpful to us in teaching English in China. Otherwise, We may confuse the exact meanings of words that we are talking about here.