Make/Effectuate a purchase

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mohip

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Spanish - España
As I was rewriting this sentence with the following word: OBLIGATION
"The owner of the shop said that we didn't have to buy anything; we could just look around"

The owner of the shop said that we ______ a purchase; we could just look around.

What I instantly thought was: "were under no obligation to EFFECTUATE"
But key seems to be "were under no obligation to MAKE"

Is it possible to say effectuate instead of make?

Thanks
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    No one would ever use so formal a word as "effectuate" in those circumstances. To "make a purchase", meaning "to buy something", is perfectly adequate.
     
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