I handed over a dollar and got 38 ___ change.
Which word goes into the above blank, cent or cents?
A/ 38-cent change or B/ 38 cents' change
A/ 10-kilometre drive or B/ 10 kilometres' drive
Where does my thinking go wrong?
Thank you for clarification.
Very technically speaking, the proper phraseology should be "38 cents in change," and at one time this was the language commonly used by merchants and customers. But over the years the vernacular evolved, and the "in" was gradually dropped in favor of expediency.