''Be worth'' - "money is worth nothing''

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,


When things aren't going going well financially in a country(Brazil for many years), people usually complain by saying: "money is worth nothing these days. I went to the market, bought very few things and pay a lot of money.''

My question: Is this use of "worth nothing" natural/common English in the context presented? If not, what do you suggest?

Meaning intended: money has almost no value because of inflation, crisis, etc.

Thank you in advance!
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I think it's perfectly a natural thing to say in such circumstances.

    Other expressions include: 'Money (or a specific amount, like £5) doesn't go far these days'.

    'You don't get much for a fiver (£5) these days'.

    'I remember when you could see a film, have a couple of pints in the pub, then a take-away afterwards, and still have change of a pound!'
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