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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #120720: Choosing, making choices
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    Choosing, making choices

    Our whole life is nothing but choices to make... sometimes after a long reflection, sometimes almost impulsively because circumstances demand it.



    It's often difficult to opt for a solution rather than for another one, because we are aware that each choice forces us to renounce other possible ones...

    While opening a door, we are closing several ones, sometimes forever, and this may be heart-rending.

    It's very difficult to decide what will be better for us (and for our loved ones when they're young).

    Choosing is very difficult! 





     To choose * something                           to pick something out 
     Take your pick  A choice between... 
     To choose to do  to opt to do 
     To make one's choice  to settle on something 
     There was no choice it was Hobson's choice                     
     To be spoilt for choice  to opt for something  

    * To choose, I chose, chosen. => a choice.

    ** A Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one thing is offered. A person may refuse to accept what is offered: the two options are "taking it or taking nothing".

    In other words, one may "take it or leave it".





    We have to examine the different options as thoroughly as possible, then weigh the pros and cons and finally make the decision. 

     An option  An alternative to 
     To have the option of doing 

     To have no choice not to do 

     To have no alternative but to do stg 

     To select/ selective  To have the option of doing 
     To be hand-picked To be discriminating 
     To be choos(e)y/ picky To pick and choose 
     A decision/ to make a decision   To make up one's mind 
     Decisive  It's up to you
     A dilemma  To hesitate/ a hesitation 
     To waver between /to vacillate                                                 To procrastinate                                                           
     To hum and haw I'm in two minds about it 


     Pay your money, take your choice...      
    The right word choice     
     She's spoilt for choice...



    - to be spoilt for choice= to have many different choices

    - by choice = intentionally

    - to be Hobson's choice= to have no real choice

    The phrase refers to British stable owner Thomas Hobson, who was known to act as though he only had one horse to rent to each patron, even when his stable was full.

    - pay your money, take your choice= the item you've bought may not be as good as you thought= accept a risk when buying.

    - beggars can't be choosers= you cannot complain about the quality of a gift.

    - a spoilt child= one who is given everything.

    - personal choice= free will.

    - to be pro-choice= not opposed to abortion

    - a multiple choice test= test with several answer options

    - choice of words= way of saying things


    Yes! There are often many different possibilities to answer the same problem... It won't be the case in the test where solutions will be obvious to you! Go for it! 

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    1. 'Hurry up, Dana, you have to before 5 o’clock.'

    2. Sara has so many choices of toys that she’s and keeps saying she’s bored... what a spoilt brat...

    3. 'Come on Lucy! Don’t be too ... If you wait too long, the best books will have been borrowed and you’ll have no choice left.'

    4. 'I really have , now... Afterwards, it will be too late!'

    5. She keeps between staying here or going with Tom.

    6. At one moment, she’ll have to and perhaps follow her heart.

    7. 'You mustn’t any longer... You’ll have to tidy up your room before your Dad comes home.'

    8. Jenny has been alone , and now she keeps blaming her sister as if she were responsible.

    9. 'Don’t ask your mum... Your is required, not hers...'

    10. 'For this official letter, the is very important to make yourself understood.'

    11. 'Come on Lucy... Stay home or come with us... The decision is ... You’re a big girl!'



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