# Get a change of \$50

Suppose I only have a \$100 bill and I bought something that costs around \$50. So I get \$50 back. What will be a natural way to express that?

I got a change of \$50 back. (I mean: I got \$50 back, maybe in change or a \$50 bill.)

Does it sound natural?

One simple way of saying it is
"I got \$50 change from a \$100 bill"

• You can say "I got \$50 change back". Jun 20 '19 at 18:02
• I like the suggestion by @MichaelH better than the one in the answer. As for the sentence in this answer, it sounds like the speaker asked someone to break a \$100 bill and was short-changed fifty dollars.
– J.R.
Jun 20 '19 at 19:10
• @J.R.♦ Shouldn't it be put as "I got \$50 change for a \$100 bill" in such a scenario? As is, it sounds fine imo: "The meal left me with not much change from \$200." Jun 20 '19 at 20:23
• @MvLog - It's a little hard to guess exactly what I'd say, because, in day-to-day conversation I don't normally report how much I paid for something, nor how much I got back in change. If asked to provide a "natural" way to say it, though, I'd offer this: I gave them a hundred dollars and got fifty back in change.
– J.R.
Jun 21 '19 at 14:45

"Change", meaning "money given to someone because they paid for something that cost less than the amount they gave", is a non-count (mass) noun. So we do not say "a change". Using the example given, we could say, for example, "I got change of \$50 back", or "I got \$50 change back".

Change

I got fifty dollars back (in change). [after a transaction: various bills]
OR
I got a fifty back (in change). [that means a fifty dollar bill]

I took the trouble of writing this out so you can see how to actually say it. The word change above is optional.

• My change was a fifty-dollar bill.
• My change was fifty dollars.
• Doesn't "in change' refer to " coins"? Or can it mean dollar bills in this context? Jun 30 '19 at 18:40
• @It'saboutEnglish Not at all. Change can refer to coins or bills. Jun 30 '19 at 18:44
• And here: You bought an item worth \$90. And you pais \$100. So the shopkeeper is offering you a \$10 bill but you ask "Can I get \$10 in change, please". So if it can mean "bills", won't it sound confusing? So will "in" sound natural in this context? Jul 1 '19 at 13:23
• @It'saboutEnglish Like I said, change can be in bills or coins. It is not confusing. To ask for coins or bills IN change. Jul 1 '19 at 23:29