The word "cash" refers to money that is available to use immediately, usually in the form of paper.

hand with moneycash = money; paper money

The word "cash" is a noun in these sentences and questions:

  • I’m all out of cash.
  • Do you have any cash?
  • Marta got some cash from an ATM.
  • Bob withdrew a large amount of cash from his bank account.
  • It’s not a good idea to carry large amounts of cash. It might get stolen or become lost.
  • Will that be cash or credit? (This question might be asked when paying for something at a cash register in a store.)
  • They paid for their car in cash. (They didn’t purchase the car with credit.)

Use "cash" as a verb when changing something of value into currency:

simplepastpast participle
  • I need to cash a check.
  • Bill cashed his paycheck last Friday.
  • Before leaving the casino, you should cash in your chips.
  • Many retirees cash in their stocks and bonds before and after they retire.

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September 18, 2014