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Which one of the following sentences would be weird in English?

  • The enemy forces withdrew
  • The enemy forces made a withdrawal

I know we can say : "The enemy forces (retreated / made a retreat)"

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The enemy forces withdrew somehow evokes the image of a bunch of guys bowing politely and leaving the ballroom. Don't ask me why.

The enemy forces made a withdrawal evokes the image of the same bunch of guys fussing around an ATM.

The enemy forces retreated sounds fine.

The enemy forces beat a retreat sounds fine too.

The enemy forces made a retreat is nonsense.

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