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    #1

    available to buy

    Which are correct:

    1) These books are available to buy at all our stores.

    2) These books are available for buying at all our stores.
    3) These books are available for purchase at all our stores.

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    #2

    Re: available to buy

    Number 3 is natural. Number 1 is OK. Number 2 is unnatural.
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    #3

    Re: available to buy

    These books are on sale at all our stores would work better for me.

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    #4

    Re: available to buy

    "These books are for sale at all our stores" works better for me.
    "On sale" implies that they've been discounted where I come from.

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    #5

    Re: available to buy

    I think 'to buy/for buying/for purchase' can be omitted because a store would not offer them free of charge.
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    #6

    Re: available to buy

    Not a teacher

    If it can be agreed that e-books are still books despite them being in a digital form, then we can say for sure that some stores do offer books free of charge (e.g. Amazon.com).
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 28-Jul-2016 at 18:16. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    #7

    Re: available to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "On sale" implies that they've been discounted where I come from.
    It's ambiguous round my way. For sale works, but I would still default to on sale despite the potential ambiguity.

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    #8

    Re: available to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Weaver67 View Post
    If it can be agreed that e-books are still books despite them being in a digital form, then we can say for sure that some stores do offer books free of charge (e.g. Amazon.com).
    I think 'all our stores' suggests physical ones instead of online ones.
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    #9

    Re: available to buy

    1 is perfectly acceptable in BrE.

    Where is this book available to buy?
    It's available to buy in all our stores.

    It would be more natural to omit "to buy" in both the question and the response.

    If the book in question is available both for purchase and for free, the dialogue could read:

    Where is this book available?
    It's available to buy in bookshops or for free online.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: available to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'all our stores' suggests physical ones instead of online ones.
    To me, it doesn't.
    In my opinion, with no specific context present, 'all our stores' could suggest nothing about what kind of stores they are; it is still too general. One could easily imagine, for instance, that these words could be produced by a stakeholder whose enterprise owns several online shops.

    That said, I do agree that 'to buy/for purchase' looks like a redundancy here (but, with all due respect, not with the reasoning that 'a store would not offer them free of charge' -- that seems to be an overgeneralisation).

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