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This is something I want to ask that I do not know how.
There are times that I want to ask from a person to take my 50 euro (paper money?) and take back coins and other paper money of smaller value(value is correct here?) that if you add their value they make the 50 euro value back again.
Actually I couldn't find in my dictionary the verb.
The only words I know related to money are
money: How much money do you earn?
change: The amount of money you get back when you pay using an amount of bigger value than its cost.
I would like to thank you in advance
You could also say; "Can you change a 50?" or "Can you break a 50?"
a 50 = refers to the denomination of note you have, you can also use, 20, 100 etc
change - refers to making it into something else, rather than the noun change.
break - would refer to turning the 50 into more than 1 unit. say,2 twenties and a 10 euro note.
1) If I want to "change" a 50, I would be asking someone to give me a total of 50 back but in smaller notes.
2) If I need to "break" a 50, it usually means that I am buying something and the only note I have is a 50, so I have to pay with it. For instance, I am at a bar with friends and we have had one beer each, at a cost of 2.50 each. We get the bill and everyone gets out their money. I would say to my friends "If you have the correct money (2.50 each), can you give it to me and I'll pay because I have to break a 50 anyway?"
I use "break" the way you use "change."
If I were at the bar needed to leave a tip but only had a twenty, I'd ask the bartender if he could "break" it for me. I'd probably get back 3 fives and 5 ones, although a ten, 2 fives, and 5 ones are also possible.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.