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    choose/opt/elect

    Hi, everybody

    I am confused about the use of "opt" "elect" and "choose". Because they have similar meanings, I am not sure when to use "opt" ,"choose" or "elect". For example:

    1. There are so many kinds of flowers, I don't know
    what to opt for/choose.
    2. She chose/opted for a diamond ring from the
    collection.
    Can we use "opt for" instead of "choose" in the sentences above?

    3. He opted/chose to take his pension in monthly
    payments
    Are 'chose' fine to use instead of 'opted' here?

    4. He chose/opted/elected to stay home tonight.
    Can 'opted' and 'elected' be also used here?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: choose/opt/elect

    1/2/3 You could use either, though in the third, 'opt for' sounds better to me as he decided from the options available and in the first and second 'choose' sounds better to me. I would generally use 'opt' when there is a restricted number of possibilities to select from. The fourth is fine.

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    Re: choose/opt/elect

    Hi,
    Thank you for your answer to my question. I read your post above recently again and found a problem which made me confused.

    Here is part of your post below:
    "1/2/3 You could use either, though in the third, 'opt for' sounds better to me as he decided from the options available"

    Why did you suggest 'opt for' in the third case rather than 'opt to'? I think 'opt for' and 'opt to' can use in the same case, the difference is 'opt for' is followed by noun and 'opt to' by verb. Besides, when to use 'opt for' rather than 'choose'? Could you please give me some examples of it?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: choose/opt/elect

    It should be 'opt to'. For examples try [DAVIES] Variation in English Words and Phrases (VIEW)

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    #5

    Re: choose/opt/elect

    Quote Originally Posted by thru View Post
    ...

    Why did you suggest 'opt for' in the third case rather than 'opt to'? I think 'opt for' and 'opt to' can use in the same case, the difference is 'opt for' is followed by noun and 'opt to' by verb. Besides, when to use 'opt for' rather than 'choose'? ...
    opt for + noun/gerund 'He opted for annual payments rather than a lump sum'
    opt to + bare infinitive 'He opted to take his prize in annual payments rather...'

    As Tdol said, 'opt' works better when there are expressed options to choose from: He took the options form home with him, but he just couldn't decide what to choose. When the deadline came for returning the form next morning, he opted for whatever was first in the list.

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    #6

    Re: choose/opt/elect

    Hi,
    There have been some cases when I had to choose between choose and opt and hesitated. My dictionary says,
    opt is preferably used in social and political contexts;
    elect deals with serious situations, when your choice influences your life.

    Cheers

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