March 17, 2012 - Word of the Day: decide
Use the word "decide" when you make a plan in your mind. You want to do something, or you don't want to do something. This verb is often used in the past tense:
- A: What did you decide to do about the job?
- B: I decided to take it.
Notice that an infinitive (to do / to take) folllows "decide."
- Lana decided to get a new cell phone.
- We've decided to move to Texas.
- You decided to learn English.
- Jeremy has decided not to play with those other boys.
When a person doesn't decide, the word "yet" appears:
- Helen hasn't decided on a color yet.
- The company hasn't decided yet on which building to purchase.
- The teacher didn't decide yet on what kind of punishment to give to the misbehaving students.
Notice that the preposition "on" is often used with "decide."
- I can't decide on which shirt to buy.
- Did you decide on a college yet?
- When will they finally decide on a location for their wedding?
- Is she ever going to decide on which car to buy?
When the word "decide" is in the form of a noun, it's "decision."
- It's hard for him to make decisions.
- This is an easy decision.
- What's your decision? Are you going to stay or are you going to go?
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