In practicing sentence writing, i want to write a sentence meaning what a shop will do when the demand for pencils rises, assuming the shop is eager to meet the increased demand. To my mind, following two phrases are possible.

"make more orders for pencils" vs "make an order for more pencils"

But i'm not sure which one a native would use. (maybe neither of them)

Please tell me which phrase is better and correct grammatically and semantically.

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    It's entirely down to whether the shopkeeper is thinking about a single order (for a large number of pencils) that he needs to make, so he has enough pencils to meet the expected demand. Or if he's just thinking he'll need to order pencils (in smaller amounts at a time) more often in future. In either case, he's going to end up with more pencils, bought with one or more orders. Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 18:50
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    It would be silly to place 50 orders for 10 pencils if you want 500 pencils, and it is possible to make a single order for that quantity. Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 21:17
  • He might be placing several orders for different types of pencil. Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 9:30

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One doesn't make orders, but place them.

"Place an order for more pencils"

or, if one's supplies are running low,

"Restock pencils."


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