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The expression 'money doesn't grow on trees' means that money does not come easily or without effort; you should be careful how much money you spend because there is only a limited amount.
Example: 'Dad, can I have a new bike?' 'We can't afford one. Money doesn't grow on trees you know.'
When Tony was younger, his father told him that money doesn’t grow on trees, and that he would have to work hard if he wanted to be rich.'
Did you know...? There is a Japanese proverb that states that, contrary to the above idiom, money can grow on trees. The proverb states: Money grows on the tree of persistence. In other words, if you keep trying and never give up, money will come to you.
A 'lump sum' is a large amount of money you pay or receive all at once rather than in increments over a period of time.
Examples: You will receive a tax-free lump sum of $50,000 at retirement age.
Would you like to repay the amount in installments or as one lump sum?
Did you know...? The origin of the phrase 'lump sum' comes from one of the meanings of the word 'lump', which is: 'not broken or divided into parts'. If we 'lump' people together, it means we put them together in a single group.
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about money - earning money, losing money and spending money! There is an audio discussion to listen to, common idioms relating to money and a list of conversation questions that we might use when discussing this important subject.