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"

  • 2
    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".



I got fifty dollars back (in change). [after a transaction: various bills]
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.
    – Lambie
    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.
    – Lambie
    Jul 1 '19 at 23:29

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