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    opt for

    He might opt for not to tell/tell/telling.

    Which one, please?

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    #2

    Re: opt for

    "He might opt not to tell" is possible. What is the context?
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    Re: opt for

    He might choose not to tell his secret.
    he might go for not to tell. Wrong?
    He might opt for..... Wrong?

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    Re: opt for

    Perhaps;

    He might opt not to tell his secret.

    (I would not say that, but I suppose it's possible.)

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    #5

    Re: opt for

    I might say:

    He might decide not to tell his secret.

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    #6

    Re: opt for

    Is "Opt for" wrong in my first message for all the options I gave?

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    Re: opt for

    I wouldn't use "opt for" in a sentence.

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    Re: opt for

    I will opt for this/that/ orange juice.

    Correct?

    thanks

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    #9

    Re: opt for

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    Is "Opt for" wrong in my first message for all the options I gave?
    Using 'opt for' is only natural if it's a choice between different possibilities.

    In your original sentence you could argue that the implied choice is between 'not telling' and 'telling'.

    I think, in the right context, that 'He might opt for not telling' would be acceptable.
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    Re: opt for

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    Using 'opt for' is only natural if it's a choice between different possibilities.
    To opt for is clearly related to the noun option. Learning this might help the OP understand when to opt for opt rather than choose or ​pick.
    I am not a teacher.

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