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    exact change

    "I paid for pizza $15 in exact change." If I paid $20 for a pizza that costs 15, could I say that I got $5 back in exact change meaning that I was not shortchanged?
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    Re: exact change

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I paid for pizza 15 $ in exact change." If I paid 20 $ for a pizza that costs 15, could I say that I got 5 $ back in exact change meaning that I was not shortchanged?
    I suppose you could but it really doesn't sound very natural; "I got $5.00 change" sounds better.
    "Exact change" usually refers to a payment of the specific amount required. Many urban bus lines in the U.S. accept "exact change only" in their fare machines, meaning that the box will accept only coins and the driver will not change paper bills.

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    Re: exact change

    Ostap, note that we say fifteen dollars but write $15.

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    Re: exact change

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Ostap, note that we say fifteen dollars but write $15.

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    If I were paying for goods to the cashier in a small store and wanted to ask if he would accept a 50-dollar bill, would it be OK to ask "Do you change a 50-dollar bill?"
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    Re: exact change

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If I were paying for goods to the cashier in a small store and wanted to ask if he would accept a 50-dollar bill, would it be OK to ask "Do you change a 50-dollar bill?"
    I'd be more likely to ask "can you change a 50?" "Dollar bill" is implied.

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    Re: exact change

    We use "exact change" as discussed above - If what I purchase is $17.52, I pay with a ten, a five, two ones, two quarters, and two pennies. (Although the 52 cents could be another combination, and I could give the $17 as three fives and two ones, or even 17 ones, etc.) The point is that I give the cashier the exact amount of the sale.
    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.

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    Re: exact change

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We use "exact change" as discussed above - If what I purchase is $17.52, I pay with a ten, a five, two ones, two quarters, and two pennies. (Although the 52 cents could be another combination, and I could give the $17 as three fives and two ones, or even 17 ones, etc.) The point is that I give the cashier the exact amount of the sale.
    If I were a cashier, could I ask a cusomer if he was done putting groceries on the counter and wanted me start counting "Shall I coun the sale?"?

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    Re: exact change

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We use "exact change" as discussed above - If what I purchase is $17.52, I pay with a ten, a five, two ones, two quarters, and two pennies. (Although the 52 cents could be another combination, and I could give the $17 as three fives and two ones, or even 17 ones, etc.) The point is that I give the cashier the exact amount of the sale.
    If I were a cashier, could I ask a customer if he is done putting groceries on the counter and wanted me to start counting "Shall I count the sale?"?
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    Re: exact change

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If I were a cashier, could I ask a cusomer if he was done putting groceries on the counter and wanted me to start counting "Shall I count the sale?"? No.
    Please check you posts for typos.
    "Shall I start ringing it up?"

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    Re: exact change

    Actually, I'd be quite surprised by that question. If I've put it on the counter, then that's exactly what I expect the cashier to do. To ask my permission to start is unexpected. Just start scanning and get on with it, I would think.
    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.

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