Make A Receipt From?

If I purchased something a merchant, then, according to members of this forum, I could write this:

I made a purchase from the merchant.

as standard English, with the preposition “from” denoting that merchant is the source of the stuff purchased.

Suppose I received something from somebody. Using the pattern “make a purchase from” as inspiration, could I write the following:

I made a receipt from the merchant.

as standard English?

Answer

We don’t say “make a receipt” in the sense that you’re using it.

The word “receipt” can mean “the act of receiving”, or it can refer to a piece of paper that describes a transaction.

If I heard someone say “I made a receipt”, I would normally interpret that to mean that he produced a piece of paper describing a transaction. Like, “You key the item ordered, the price, and other relevant information into the computer, and then it makes a receipt.” In that case you wouldn’t “make a receipt from a merchant”. You can make a receipt “from the information about the transaction”. You can make a receipt “for a merchant”. But to “make a receipt from a merchant”, well, the only sense I can make of that is that you printed the receipt on the merchant’s face or some such.

You are probably thinking of “receipt” in the sense of receiving something, like “You must acknowledge receipt of the merchandise.” In that case you don’t “make a receipt”. You can receive something, as in, “I received my order from the merchant”. That would be the normal way to say it, I think. You could say, “I accepted receipt” or some such phrasing, but few fluent speakers would say that.

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