# Thread: Choose/Select/Decide/Determine? What's the difference?

1. ## Choose/Select/Decide/Determine? What's the difference?

Dear teachers,

Thanks for answering my questions several times.
Now, I feel confused again about the four words:

Choose, Select, Decide, and Determine.

What's the deference between them? (Should I say "What are the differences among them?")

Jeff

2. ## Re: Choose/Select/Decide/Determine? What's the difference?

What's the deference between them? (Should I say "What are the differences among them?")
You shouldn't say,'What are the differences among them?',you should say,'What are the differences between them?'

'What's the difference between them?' is correct.

3. ## Re: Choose/Select/Decide/Determine? What's the difference?

Choose:To decide what you want from a range of things or possibilities:

-She had to choose between the two men in her life.
-Danny, come here and choose your ice cream.
-He chose a shirt from the many in his wardrobe.

Select:To choose a small number of things, or to choose by making careful decisions

-There was a choice of four prizes, and the winner could select one of them.
-A mouse is a device which makes it easier to select different options from computer menus.
-How do you select people for promotion?

Decide:To choose something, especially after thinking carefully about several possibilities

They have to decide by next Friday.
I don't mind which one we have - you decide.

2.to be the reason or situation that makes a particular result happen

-The weather decided the outcome of the cricket match.
-Tim's mistake decided the game (= caused him to lose).

Determine:To control or influence something directly, or to decide what will happen

-The number of staff we can take on will be determined by how much money we're allowed to spend.
-Your health is determined in part by what you eat.
-Eye colour is genetically determined.

2.to discover the facts or truth about something:

The police never actually determined the cause of death.

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