To choose is to decide. There’s a situation in which more than one other option is possible. The word "choose" is similar to "pick" or "pick out." This is an irregular verb.

simplepastpast participle
  • Sophia chose to live in the United States.
  • Bernie is choosing furniture for his new apartment. (He’s picking out furniture.)
  • What color did you choose to paint your living room?
  • I’ve chosen not to work any extra hours this summer.
  • It’s important to choose a good college. (In this sentence, "choose" is an infinitive.)
  • There are many different schools to choose from.
  • My friend Vanessa chose to become a vegetarian.
  • Choosing a career is difficult for some people. (In this sentence, "choosing" is a gerund.)

woman making a choice

This market has a lot of good produce to choose from.

The word "choice" is a noun.

  • They have many good choices.
  • What kind of choices are there on the menu?
  • This is a difficult choice.
  • He has no choice but to move back to Argentina.
  • That car gets good gas mileage. You’ve made a good choice.

The words "choosy" and "chosen" are adjectives:

  • Don’t be so choosy in picking a place to eat.
  • He’s too choosy when it comes to women. (It’s hard for him to find the right person to date.)
  • Denise finally found a job in her chosen profession.
  • The chosen candidate goes on to the general election.

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Published on June 6, 2014.