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    ''pick and choose''

    Dear teacher,
    Please, what does ''pick and choose" mean?
    I thought that "to pick'' also meant the same as ''to choose''.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe View Post
    Dear teacher,
    Please, what does ''pick and choose" mean?
    I thought that "to pick'' also meant the same as ''to choose''.
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    Though the meaning is almost same, they have specific application/uses.
    ‘choose’ as it means selecting the best from a number of alternatives which may be two or more. So choose any one of them out of the two means select the best after careful consideration.
    On the other hand if you are to select from a group, ‘pick’ is the right word.

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    Re: ''pick and choose''

    The phrase "pick and choose" is a fairly common collocation. I guess it means you take what you want.

    (Such seemingly redundant phrases are not unusual.)



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    Re: ''pick and choose''

    Alma has a degree in Engineering and can pick and choose whichever job she wants, however Jamie didn't finish High School so he has to take any job he can get.

    To 'pick and/or choose' reflects an ability to select rather than simply make a bland choice.

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    Re: ''pick and choose''

    Quote Originally Posted by Sensible View Post
    To 'pick and/or choose' reflects an ability to select rather than simply make a bland choice.
    That's good, but don't you mean "blind choice"?

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    Re: ''pick and choose''

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    That's good, but don't you mean "blind choice"?
    Even better. Thanks RonBee.

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