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    Purchase vs buy

    My kid asked me the difference between "buy" and "purchase". He learned the word "purchase" from a computer game website. (You can play some computer games if you purchase them.)

    I think they mean the same. Purchase is more formal, buy is informal. I was wondering how we explain the meaning of "formal" and "informal" to kids?

    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: Purchase vs buy

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    Re: Purchase vs buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I was wondering how we explain the meaning of "formal" and "informal" to kids?

    Thanks for your help.
    Informal is what we use with our friends. Formal is what we use with strangers we want to think highly of us and at work with people who are senior to us. (That's one way, depending on how old they are.)
    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: Purchase vs buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I was wondering how we explain the meaning of "formal" and "informal" to kids?
    How about using some examples- children/kids, etc.

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