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    • Join Date: Mar 2008
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    buy and purchase

    I would like to know the difference between 'buy and purchase'. IS there any rule to use these words?
    As far as I know purchase is used for non-living things only where buy can be used with living thing e.g persons.
    Make correction if I am wrong.

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    Re: buy and purchase

    Their meanings are exactly the same and neither is restricted in terms of what is bought (past tense of buy).

    Purchase is a slightly more formal verb, but can also be used as a noun:

    a purchase = something that is bought

    The noun purchase has another meaning: for example, rubber soles give better purchase on slippery surfaces - purchase here means grip.

    Hope this helps.


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