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    #1

    decide vs decide on vs determine

    "Russia has to withdraw its troops from the Crimea and let the Crimean people decide their future". After I read this sentence it got me wondering if I could say " to decide one's future". Would it be accurate? Isn't it "to decide on one's future" or "to determine one's future"?

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    #2
    They all work for me.

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    #3
    For me "to decide on" means to make a choice between some options which have already been presented.

    "They had the hat in black, red and green but I decided on black as it went with my dress."

    I find "to decide one's future" much more natural than "to decide on one's future".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4
    I agree with ems, but I think they all work within the context given. They don't necessarily mean exactly the same. In actuality, there probably are a limited number of options for Ukrainians - submit to Russia, fight Russia, divide the country...

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    #5
    I agree with what the others have said but not if the phrases were intended to be used in your original sentence. For me, the pronoun "one" does not fit with "the Crimean People".

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