“Choose” vs. “Chose”

The words choose and chose are very often misused, even by native English-speakers. In this post, we’ll clarify the difference between the two.

To Choose

To choose is a verb meaning to make a choice of, to select, or to make a decision between various options. Each of these options is called a choice.

The command (also known as an imperative) choose is often very often on websites and in software. The command select is commonly also used and has essentially the same meaning in this context.

Please choose a shipping option.
Please select a shipping option.

Choose which topics you’re interested in.
Select which topics you’re interested in.

Simple Past Tense

The word chose is simply the Simple Past tense form of the above verb, to choose. You should never use it as a command. Chose should only be used when describing a choice that was made in the past.

He chose to attend Stanford rather than Berkeley.

Bill Gates chose to drop out of Harvard instead of finishing his degree.

Sometimes, you can also use the phrases made a choice [to] or decided [to] instead of chose [to].

Yesterday, Jim chose to switch our frontend to jQuery.

Yesterday, Jim made the choice to switch our frontend to jQuery.

Yesterday, Jim decided to switch our frontend to jQuery.

In colloquial American English, decided [to] and made the choice [to] are more commonly used than chose [to]. The word chose has a certain formality to it.

Chosed is Not a Word

As a side note, the word chosed is not correct. The past form of to choose is chose.

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