Choose or Choice?

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
What is the difference between choose and choice?

To choose is a verb that means to decide between two or more options.

Choice is a noun meaning option, alternative, or possibility. It can also describe the act of choosing.

Choose and Choice

Occasionally, there is confusion over the words choose and choice (especially among non-English speakers).


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

  • We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
  • Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do.


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

  • Happiness is a choice that requires effort sometimes.
  • I demolish my bridges behind me so there is no choice but forward.
Interactive Exercise
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See Also

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