Quick answer
"Choose" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "escoger", and "decide" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "decidir". Learn more about the difference between "choose" and "decide" below.
choose(
chuz
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to make a selection)
a. escoger
You have to choose between the two job offers.Tienes que escoger entre las dos ofertas de trabajo.
b. elegir
There are many options to choose from.Hay muchas opciones entre las que elegir.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to select)
a. elegir
I chose the red dress for my big night.Elegí el vestido rojo para mi gran noche.
b. escoger
Choose whatever you prefer, it's on the house.Escoja lo que prefiera, invita la casa.
3. (to decide to; used with "to")
a. decidir
We could have moved to New York, but we chose to stay here.Podríamos habernos ido a vivir a Nueva York, pero decidimos quedarnos aquí.
b. optar por
I chose to be self-employed instead of working for a firm.Opté por trabajar por mi cuenta en lugar de trabajar para una empresa.
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decide(
dih
-
sayd
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make a decision)
a. decidir
We must decide what to do next.Tenemos que decidir qué hacer a continuación.
2. (to settle)
a. decidir
His pass decided the result of the game.Su pase decidió el resultado del partido.
3. (to convince)
a. decidir
Experiencing an illness firsthand made me decide to study medicine.Pasar por una enfermedad de primera mano me hizo decidir estudiar medicina.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to make a decision)
a. decidir
I have already decided on the city I want to live in.Ya he decidido en qué ciudad quiero vivir.
b. optar
We decided against selling the old car.Optamos por no vender el coche viejo.
5. (legal)
a. fallar
The court decided in favor of the defendant.El tribunal falló a favor del acusado.
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