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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #124380: Vocabulary: rich or poor
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    Vocabulary: rich or poor


    This lesson will study the different steps of a financial progression and will give you the verbs and expressions which will enable you to take part in conversations dealing with this topic. Let's remember that money is not at all the taboo subject it is often in Europe. Do not hesitate...

     

     

     

     

     

                                                

     

     

     

    I) MONEY... LOTS OF MONEY...

     The rich                                                                  Rich/ wealthy 

     Well-to-do/ well-off

     well-heeled (parlé)

      To become/ get rich 
     Prosperous/ prosperité                To have means 
     Wages                                                                        To be affluent 
     The affluent society  Wealth 
     Riches (plural)  A fortune 
     An income   To have a large income                
     Solvent   Solvency 

     

                                                           

                            Wealth may (or may not...) bring...                                               a life of luxury...

    If you have a lot of money, you may be ...

    - a millionaire= one whose wealth amounts to a million or more in currency.

    - a multimillionaire (GB) = a billionaire (US) = a person with money, property, or other things of value worth a billion or more dollars, francs, pounds, etc.

     

           

    II) or ... LACK OF MONEY...  

                                                              

                                                    To pawn => to go to a pawnbroker's (GB) or a pawnshop (US)

     Poor=> the poor   a poor man 
     poverty   the poverty line 
     destitute  needy
     in need                                   to be broke 
     penniless   poverty-stricken  
     to live in poverty    grinding poverty  
     in debt   a beggar/ to beg for stg                    
     to go bankrupt/ bankruptcy     insolvent / insolvency 
     a money lender / a pawnbroker                            to pawn 

     "FAUX AMI"! misery: sadness, sharp or strong anxiety, pain, or sorrow. 

      to go to my uncle'sslang for: to go to a pawnbroker's... and what's funny is that the French expression is "To go to my aunt's"!    

     

                         

    To be broke                                                       To beg=> a beggar                             A destitute

     

    III) AND ... A FEW IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS: 

    - to lead a life of luxury

    - to be short of money

    - to make a fortune

    - to live from hand-to-mouth

    - to be in straightened circumstances

    - to have difficulty in making ends meet

    - to have a small income/ a low income

    - to run up enormous debts

    - to go from rags to riches

                                                   

     

    As you can see, there are many words and expressions linked to money and daily consumption. You don't have to remember them all, but should make your choice depending on your future conversations or interests. 

    Good luck! 

     



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    1. Cristin is from an , and adjusting to her new environment will certainly be hard, at first!

    2. Uncle Norman went to America when he was twenty, and there, he thanks to hard work and persistence.

    3. It’s difficult for poor people to look at and their huge mansions.

    4. As I hate to be , I always pay my bills before they're due.

    5. After the economic crisis, many small companies went and closed down.

    6. He needed some money immediately, and went to to try and get money against his Rolex.

    7. Getting , was the Dream most immigrants had in mind when they arrived in the USA.

    8. Mary’s are quite low , which makes it difficult for her to . She has to do overtime.

    9. From the 15th of the month, she’s , and around the 20th, she’s totally ; she often has to borrow money from her dad.

     

                                                                   

     








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