What's the difference between "to make a purchase" and "to purchase"?
Are they just two different ways to say the same thing?
to make a purchase
is abstract "why are you going to frank's shop" "oh to make a purchase" but honestly I would say "to buy something". It leaves out what you are purchasing, there is no easy way to include the purchased item in the sentence.
This is just guessing but in this sentence purchase is a noun and make is the verb?
1.1 [count noun] A thing that has been bought.
‘she stowed her purchases in the car’
requires a thing "why are you going to frank's shop" "oh to purchase more apples"
in this sentence purchase is the verb
[WITH OBJECT] 1 Acquire (something) by paying for it; buy.
‘Mr Gill spotted the manuscript at a local auction and purchased it for £1,500’
Purchase often takes an object.
For example, I can I say,
"I will purchase the tickets."
but I cannot say,
"I will make a purchase the tickets."
Therefore, no, they are not simply two ways to say the same thing.