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    Dear teacher.
    How can I choose one of these four words because they seem the same meaning.
    I look them up in the dictionary but I can't find out the difference.
    Please help me.
    I think your help gives me a chance to improve my english.

    " I left the company by_____, not because I was forced to.
    a. choice b. preference c. selection d. option.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: The same meaning?

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    The idiom is 'by choice', in contradistinction to 'by force'.

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    Default Re: The same meaning?

    Dear teacher.
    Thank you for your quick answer.
    Let me ask for help again.
    Are these four words the same meaning? Do they have a bit difference?
    How to distinguish betweem them?

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    The same core meaning, Mylevt. Perhaps 'choice' suggests the chooser's will, 'selection' is very similar but often used of the offerer's presentation, 'option' suggests the freedom of choice, and 'preference' means the better- or best-liked item.

    You are likely to get further reponses, as much depends on context and interpretation; the differences are not great.

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