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dateline: 20 November 2019

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Strange Envelopes of Money Found in Northern England

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • resident: a person who lives in a particular place
  • mysterious: strange, unusual, and difficult to explain
  • in plain sight: in a place that is easy to see
  • spokesperson: someone who makes public announcements for a person or group
  • claim: to declare that one owns something

Strange Envelopes of Money Found in Northern England

Residents of Blackhall Colliery, England, have been finding mysterious of cash. 13 of these envelopes have been found since 2014, and the most recent one was reported to the on Monday. It is the fourth to be turned in this year. The envelopes are usually found in plain sight, and always contain £2000. A spokesperson for the police said that if no one tries to claim the envelopes for two weeks, they are to the people who found them. Police are currently searching for the source of these mysterious , but so far they have no explanation.

Comprehension Questions

1. Monday's envelope was

Correct! Wrong!

Monday's envelope was turned in to the police.

2. The envelopes always contain

Correct! Wrong!

The envelopes always contain £2000 in cash.

If no one claims it for two weeks, the money is

Correct! Wrong!

If no one claims it for two weeks, the money is given to the person who found it.

Discussion Question
Have you ever found money or another valuable item in public? If so, what did you do with it?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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