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why was I ask to use buy instead of purchase?

See example:

Lily went to buy strawberries at the local Supermarket, around the corner.
asked Feb 06 '13 at 12:38 Denise Ealy New member

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You should remove the comma after the word 'supermarket', and, unless the name of the store is 'Supermarket', it should not be capitalized. 'Local' and 'around the corner' mean the same thing, so one or the other can be removed.

 

 Lily went to buy strawberries at the supermarket around the corner.

 Lily went to buy strawberries at the local supermarket.

link comment answered Feb 06 '13 at 13:10 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I basically agree with Lewis, as usual.  But be careful about using go + to + infinitive verb, unless you are explaining where someone is at the time the statement is made. 

 

Otherwise, go + to + infinitive verb usually means that someone tried to do something, but failed for some reason.  If you want to more simply explain what someone did in a past (finished) time period, use simple past instead.  Here are examples for each situation:

 

Where someone is at the time the statement is made

 

A: Where is Lily?

B: She's not here now.  She went to buy strawberries at the local supermarket.

 

Someone tried to do something, but failed

 

Lily went to buy strawberries at the local supermarket, but it was closed.

 

What someone did in a (finished) past time period

 

A: What did Lily do yesterday?

B: She bought strawberries at the local supermarket.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Shawn

link comment answered Feb 06 '13 at 14:01 Shawn Mooney Expert
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As Koshik said, buy is preferred to purchase for conciseness. To keep your writing direct and to the point, the shorter Anglo Saxon word is usually preferred to the longer word borrow from another language.

link comment answered Feb 06 '13 at 21:09 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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To be concise in writing.

Lily went to buy strawberries at the local Supermarket, around the corner.

link comment answered Feb 06 '13 at 12:49 Koshik Contributor

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