[Vocabulary] at a high price

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heyt

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Hello,

Could someone tell me what phrase could be used instead of "high" in the following sentence if I wanted to make it sound more formal in a formal context:

We bought the new flat at a high price.

Thank you very much.
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There's absolutely nothing wrong with using "high" in a formal context. It's always best to use a simple word in place of a complicated one - and especially in a "formal" context, when clarity is particularly important

If you are really unhappy about using "high", then you could replace it with "considerable" or "substantial". However, I would strongly advise you to leave it as it is.
 

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I agree with Grumpy, but if you feel the price was higher than the flat is probably worth, then you could say the price was "exorbitant" or "inflated".

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I agree with Grumpy, but if you feel the price was higher than the flat is probably worth, then you could say the price was "exorbitant" or "inflated".

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Exorbitant and inflated imply that one has paid an unreasonably high price or one has been fleeced.
High or low is relative to the market price of a property.
You can say you bought the flat at 'above market price'.

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