Whether it’s the beggining of the month or the end, we always talk about money. So today’s a perfect opportunity to learn some verbs and phrasal verbs about money: having money, not having money, wanting money…
Let’s learn some English!
To borrow – to take and use (something that belongs to someone else) for a period of time before returning it.
To earn – to get (money, a salary, etc.) for work that you have done.
To lend – to give (something) to (someone) to be used for a period of time and then returned.
To pay – to give money for goods or services.
To save – to keep (someone or something) safe : to stop (someone or something) from dying or being hurt, damaged, or lost.
To get by – to have just enough money for what you need in life.
To run up a debt – if you run up a debt, you do things which cause you to owe a large amount of money.
To pay back – to return money that you owe.
To save up – to keep money to achieve a certain goal e.g. buying a house.
To splash out on – to spend freely on something without worrying about it.
To chip in – to contribute some money with other people.
To get by – to be able to live or to do what is needed by using what you have even though you do not have much.
To cut back – to spend less money generally
To rip someone off – to charge someone too much money for something.
a. I’m trying to ______ to buy a bicycle. I
b. My friend Richard ________ a big debt last Christmas, he spent so much money on his credit card and couldn’t pay it back.
c. When I lost my job, I found it very hard to ________, I had to ask my parents for money.
d. The marketing team bought their boss a birthday present, they all _________.
e. She was sold a fake bag in the market the other day, I told her she’d been __________.
Good job doing the exercises! Now let’s listen to a classic ABBA song (not ABA!) about money: