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    38 cent/cents change

    I handed over a dollar and got 38 ___ change.
    Which word goes into the above blank, cent or cents?

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    Re: 38 cent/cents change

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I handed over a dollar and got 38 ___ change.
    Which word goes into the above blank, cent or cents?
    Hi, sitifan!

    I handed over a dollar and got 38 cents change.

    Cheers,
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    Re: 38 cent/cents change

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Hi, sitifan!

    I handed over a dollar and got 38 cents change.

    Cheers,
    Amigo
    Hi, could you possibly explain that? I thought the word change in the sentence was a noun, thus if I was to translate, Id go either for

    A/ 38-cent change or B/ 38 cents' change

    like in

    A/ 10-kilometre drive or B/ 10 kilometres' drive

    Where does my thinking go wrong?

    Thank you for clarification.

    Waawe

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    Re: 38 cent/cents change

    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.

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