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    Usage of "to secure"

    Dear members and teachers,

    I would like to know about the usage of a verb "secure".
    What I'm trying to say is "I made all my effort to get something for you."

    Do you think below usage of "secure" is commonly used by native english speakers?

    - I finally secured your portion from the supplier, even though the supplier is facing severe shortage.

    Please advise me.

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Usage of "to secure"

    It doesn't sound natural to me.

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    #3

    Re: Usage of "to secure"

    Does "come by" sound natural?

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    #4

    Re: Usage of "to secure"

    I'm happy enough with "secure" but I don't like "portion".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Usage of "to secure"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It doesn't sound natural to me.
    Thanks for your comment.
    Is there any natural word you can suggest instead of "secure"?

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    Re: Usage of "to secure"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm happy enough with "secure" but I don't like "portion".
    Thank you very much.
    If "portion" doesn't sound okay, could you possibly advise me better word?

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    #7

    Re: Usage of "to secure"

    "goods, items, necessities". It depends. If both speaker and hearer know what the 'portion' is, you can use "stuff".

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    Re: Usage of "to secure"

    Quote Originally Posted by stayarmy View Post
    Is there any natural word you can suggest instead of "secure"?
    Obtained? Received? Got?

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    #9

    Re: Usage of "to secure"

    I suggested "come by" in my above post, is it acceptable?

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    #10

    Re: Usage of "to secure"

    I don't think "come by" works in this context. It sounds more accidental. If I was ordering goods from a supplier, I would say I "obtained" or "procured" them. I would possibly use "secure" if I had been told that an item would be set aside for me and that otherwise it would not have been available.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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