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Can I say "bill" instead of "cash" in this context? If not, what would be the main difference between the two words?


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The word "cash" is best used here! "Cash" in this context refers to more than one "dollar bill". Whereas, a "bill" can refer to only one note of cash. "Bill" also means the receipt saying what you need to pay for something. He's asking to receive the money in notes or "cash", rather than the money being transferred to his account or by cheque. Ex: Hey mom! Can I get a one-dollar bill for ice cream, please? Ex: Do you take cash or a card? I don't have any cash with me right now. Ex: Excuse me, can I please get the bill for our meal? Thanks.

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