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Will cash become obsolete in the future?


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For many years people have used cash to purchase goods and services, but nowadays the majority of people prefer to use alternative methods of payment, such as credit cards or smart phones, to make purchases. In the past many small shops only accepted cash, whereas it is now very unusual to go to a shop where you are unable to pay by card. As a result, cash is being used much less, and it has been said that in years to come cash will become completely obsolete and the only way to pay will be with electronic payment methods.


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(most) likely (Adverb) = probably.
Example: “I think they will most likely vote against an increase in public health spending”.

As a result of (something) (Phrase) = because of.
Example: “As a result of the bad weather the football match has been cancelled”.

Obsolete (Adjective) = not used now.
Example: “I think that books will eventually become obsolete because of electronic devices such as tablets and e-readers.”.

likelihood (Noun) = the chance that something will happen.
Example: “The is a strong likelihood that school will be cancelled tomorrow”.

Generation (People) (Noun) = all the people in a society or family who are approximately the same age.
Example: “It is important for the younger generation to learn about healthy eating habits”.

The Question

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Will cash become obsolete in the future?

Sample Answer

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Personally, I think it is inevitable that cash will become obsolete in the future. I think with the increase in technology and the different ways of paying now it is just easier for everybody to pay with a credit card. Or not even a credit card anymore, you can just pay with your mobile phone, and I think this will be commonplace in years to come so there will just be no need to use cash.

So I think I would say in maybe around 10 years, you won’t be able to pay by cash anywhere. And it’s already starting to happen in many transport systems in big cities around the world like London for example, you cannot pay by cash to go on a train to go on the underground or or the buses. So I think we’re already starting to see what is happening with cash, and we’re starting to see that the future is a world without cash.

Additional Questions

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  • How often do you use cash?
  • Would you say that you are using cash less now than 5 years ago?
  • What are the benefits of using cash?
  • What problems do you think might occur if cash becomes obsolete?
  • What are the main benefits of not having to pay for things with cash?

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