Quick answer
"Choose" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "escoger", and "pick out" is a transitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "escoger". Learn more about the difference between "choose" and "pick out" 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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pick out
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to choose)
a. escoger
Let's go to the toy store and you can pick something out for yourself.Vámonos a la tienda de juguetes y puedes escoger algo tú mismo.
b. elegir
My grandmother told me to pick out the best apples for her pie.Mi abuela me dijo que eligiera las mejores manzanas para su tarta.
2. (to discern)
a. distinguir
I didn't have on my glasses, so I couldn't pick out the numbers on his license plate.No llevaba mis gafas, así que no pude distinguir los números de su placa.
3. (music)
a. tocar de oído
I have tinnitus, so I can't pick out songs on the piano anymore.Tengo tinnitus, por lo que no ya no puedo tocar canciones de oído en el piano.
4. (to remove)
a. sacar
The magician waved his magic wand and picked a rabbit out of his hat.El mago agitó su varita mágica y sacó un conejo de su sombrero.
5. (to identify)
a. reconocer
I couldn't pick you out in your class's yearbook photo. Your hair was so long then.No podía reconocerte en la foto del anuario de tu clase. Tenías el pelo muy largo en esa época.
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