Choose, Choice, or Chose?

The Difference between Choose, Choice, and Chose

"Choose," "choice," and "chose" are easy to confuse because their spellings are similar and English is so inconsistent with how vowels are pronounced.
  • "Choose" (which rhymes with "blues") means to decide between two or more options. For example:
    • Choose tea or coffee. correct tick
  • "Chose" (which rhymes with "froze") is the past tense of "to choose." For example:
    • I chose a different path to you. correct tick
  • "Choice" (which rhymes with "voice") means an option, an alternative, or a possibility. It can also describe the act of choosing. For example:
    • That was a fine choice, sir. correct tick
choose, choice, or chose?

More about "Choose," "Chose," and "Choice"

Occasionally, there is confusion over the words "choose," "chose," and "choice" (especially among non-English speakers). Click below to hear how each word is pronounced:


The word "choose" is a verb that means "to select from a number of possibilities."

Example sentence with "choose":
  • We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. correct tick
  • Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do. correct tick


The word "chose" is the past tense of "to choose."

Example sentence with "chose":
  • Americans chose a limited government that exists to protect our rights, not to grant them. correct tick (Politician Marco Rubio)
  • I was told I wasn't good enough, but I chose not to listen. correct tick (Singer-songwriter Khalid)
The past participle of "to choose" is "chosen."
  • If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them. correct tick (Actress Jane Fonda)


The word "choice" is a noun. A "choice" is the right, power, or opportunity to choose.

Example sentence with "choice":
  • Happiness is a choice that requires effort sometimes. correct tick
  • I demolish my bridges behind me so there is no choice but forward. correct tick
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.