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    #1

    choose for

    Quote from a Harvard open course:
    Michael Sandel: And so the test scores they got may actually not represent their true potential.
    Anesia: Because they didnít receive the same kind of help that they might have received had they gone to a school with better funding.
    Michael Sandel: Good, all right. Anesia has raised the point that colleges still should choose for the greatest academic scholarly promise but in reading the test scores and grades they should take into account the different meaning those tests and grades have in the light of educational disadvantage in the background.

    Can I use "choose" here?

    Thank.

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    Re: choose for

    The for is neither grammatically required nor natural. I have never in my life said "choose for", and I never will. It is substandard in my opinion. I've never heard it in my native AmE, and I've never heard it in my substantial experience of BrE. It is just plain wrong in my opinion. A simple "choose" is fine.
    Last edited by probus; 07-May-2015 at 05:20.

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