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 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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