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    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

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    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.

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    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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