The words "choice," "choose" and "chose" are all related, having to do with the act of picking or deciding on something, but they are used differently. "Choice" is a noun that refers to the act of picking something or the options available to be picked. "Choose" and "chose" are verbs, the actual action of picking or deciding on something. "Choose" is the present or future tense, while "chose" is past tense.

How to Use Choice

Because "choice" is a noun, use it as a subject in a sentence. For example, "Pat has to make a choice between the red dress and the yellow dress." In this sentence "choice" refers to the decision that Pat faces. "Choice" can also refer to the decision or selection itself. Therefore, you can say "The red dress was a good choice." In this sentence, "choice" refers to the dress itself.

How to Use Choose

The word "choose" is a verb used in two ways. It can either be used to indicate the action happening in the present or future. For example, "I choose Ken as my lab partner." In this sentence, "choose" is referring to the present time; the speaker is currently choosing a lab partner. In the sentence "I will choose between the minivan and the sports car at the dealership tomorrow," "choose" is referring to future action.

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How to Use Chose

"Chose" is the past tense of the verb "choose," referring to someone making a decision or selection at an earlier time. For example, "Anna chose four of her best friends to be her bridesmaids." In this sentence, "chose" refers to Anna's past decision about her bridesmaids.

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Based in Gatineau, Canada, Kat Walcott has been writing entertainment and informative articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in major publications including Her Campus, Equals6 and Uppercase. She holds an honors diploma in social science from Heritage College and is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in sexuality studies.