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Is this a correct usage of "to this effect"?

I plan on coming to your soccer game on Sunday. Unfortunately, I cannot make any guarantees to this effect.

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Related – user19148 Sep 23 '12 at 17:19

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It’s grammatical, but to this effect is far too formal an expression to use in that context. What you would say is something like I can’t make any promises.

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