Chose vs choose


    Chose and choose are two words that many find confusing, especially those who speak English as a second language. We will define chose and define choose, where these words came from, how to decide when to use the word choose vs chose, and some examples of that use in sentences.


    Choose means to pick one thing over another, to select something out of a group of things, to prefer one thing over other things. Choose is the simple present tense and the simple future tense of the verb choose. The word choose is derived from the Old English word ceosan, which means to decide, to select or to approve.

    The chose definition is to have picked one thing over another, to have selected something out of a group of things. Chose is the past tense of choose. Opt is a chose synonym. When deciding how to use chose vs choose, remember that choose is an irregular verb, which is a verb that does not follow the common rules of verb conjugation in the English language. Conjugation is the inflection of verbs depending on tense, number, voice, mood, etc. The past tense of regular verbs is formed by adding -ed to the present tense. Irregular verbs do not follow this rule. For the verb choose, past tense is chose, not choosed, and the past participle is chosen. Chooses is the third person, singular form of the verb. When deciding between the use of the words chose or choose, pay careful attention to the spelling. Choose, spelled with two o’s and pronounced chews, is the present tense of the verb. Chose is spelled with one o, rhymes toes, and is the past tense of the verb. Chosen is the past participle, and must be accompanied by an auxiliary verb such as has or had. Choose, chose, chosen and other irregular verbs do not follow a pattern, and must simply be memorized.

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