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Funny Money

"To be or not to be, that is the question" - William Shakespeare
"The or not the, that is my question" - Leon Wooldridge. ( He's a definite article, isn't he? )
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1 - Ask each other these questions

Discuss these questions:
  1. Which metals have been used as currency?
  2. Is gold a better currency than diamonds?
  3. What qualities must a material or commodity have if it is to be used successfully as currency?
  4. Do diamonds have a value directly proportional to their weight?

2 - Tobacco in Virginia. Funny Money. Definite article practice

Put in the article "the" "a" or "an" if necessary. Some gaps do not need an article at all! If there is no article, write the letter "Z" for zero article.
In 1642
(1)
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General Assembly of Virginia solemnly passed
(2)
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law declaring tobacco
(3)
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only valid currency in
(4)
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colony.
(5)
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tobacco then remained
(6)
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basis of Virginian currency for over
(7)
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century. This was not such
(8)
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strange aberration as it might seem.
(9)
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History shows that virtually anything scarce, durable and desirable can become
(10)
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money. In more recent times,
(11)
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most varied objects have functioned as money, from
(12)
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dogs' teeth in New Guinea to drums on
(13)
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island of Alor in Indonesia. In
(14)
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Thailand, most parts of a tiger could be used as
(15)
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cash, including
(16)
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claws and
(17)
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tongue. In
(18)
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course of time, as in
(19)
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China,
(20)
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real thing was replaced by
(21)
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replica. Pieces of silver in
(22)
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shape of
(23)
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tiger's tongue were still changing hands in Thailand only
(24)
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few years ago. But
(25)
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greatest success story among strange currencies was undoubtedly the cowries shell. For many centuries it was accepted in payment through much of
(26)
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Africa and Asia. In the French Sudan, cowries remained an acceptable currency for paying taxes until 1907, when they at last succumbed to
(27)
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relentless advance of paper money and coins.

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3 - Cowrie Shells

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4 - Virginia

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5 - Funny Money - (Cut and paste version)

In 1642 (1) ___ General Assembly of Virginia solemnly passed (2) ___ law declaring tobacco (3) ___ only valid currency in (4) ___ colony. (5) ___ tobacco then remained (6) ___ basis of Virginian currency for over (7) ___ century. This was not such (8) ___ strange aberration as it might seem. (9) ___ History shows that virtually anything scarce, durable and desirable can become 10) ___ money.

In more recent times, (11) ___ most varied objects have functioned as money, from (12) ___ dogs' teeth in New Guinea to drums on (13) ___ island of Alor in Indonesia. In (14) ___ Thailand, most parts of a tiger could be used as (15) ___ cash, including (16) ___ claws and (17) ___ tongue. In (18) ___ course of time, as in (19) ___ China, 20) ___ real thing was replaced by 21) ___ replica. Pieces of silver in (22) ___ shape of (23) ___ tiger's tongue were still changing hands in Thailand only (24) ___ few years ago.

But (25) ___ greatest success story among strange currencies was undoubtedly the cowries shell. For many centuries it was accepted in payment through much of (26) ___ Africa and Asia. In the French Sudan, cowries remained an acceptable currency for paying taxes until 1907, when they at last succumbed to (27) ___ relentless advance of paper money and coins.

6 - Use of the definite article in 'Funny Money'

  1. Article + ONLY
    The only / an only
    A friend of mine was an only child. (only child = noun)
    He was the only child in his family. (only=adjective child=noun).

  2. What is the plural of mother-in-law?

  3. Substances and commodities
    Bread can be very fattening. Sugar is sweet. Money can be hard to come by. Milk usually comes from cows. Please pass me the milk.

  4. What's the difference between
    1.The century
    2. a century

    The 21st century. (But a century = one hundred years)

  5. The SOMETHING of SOMETHING - a SOMETHING of SOMETHING (measurement of quantity)
    I had the history at my school. (INCORRECT)
    I studied history when I was at school. (CORRECT)
    My favourite subject at school was physics.
    a money (noun) (n)
    I have a money (n)

  6. Using the indefinite article for uncountable nouns.
    This implies that there is a measurement.
    My best friend bought me a beer.
    My best friend bought me a (glass of ) beer.

  7. What is the difference in meaning between;
    a) most varied objects have functioned as money
    b) The most varied objects have functioned as money,

    Superlative
    THE MOST (Always with the definite article)
    used to form the superlative of many adjectives and adverbs
    Joanne is the most intelligent person I know.
    The department needs three more computers in order to work most effectively (= to work as effectively as possible).

  8. Most = almost all (Without THE)
    I don't eat meat, but I like most types of fish.
    In this school, most of the children are from the Chinese community.

  9. Countries without 'the' definite article
    These are the exceptions a) The Ukraine
    b) The Netherlands
    c) The Philippines

  10. Parts of something
    the (claws and tongue) the claws and the tongue.


7 - Sentences to consider

  1. Please pass the sugar.
  2. Sugar is sweet.
  3. The seventeenth century.
  4. A century has passed
  5. When will you return the money that I lent you?
  6. English is an international language.
  7. The English drink a lot of tea.
  8. The most unusual events are held in this hall.
  9. I have been building a house. So far I have finished the walls and fitted all the windows.
  10. Make yourself scarce
  11. I was an only child. Yes, the only child in our family.

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