You have two choices, x or y...

(8 Posts)
tethersjinglebellend Wed 12-Dec-12 20:50:31

...Isn't that one choice?

With two options?

Or is that two choices?

Or would two choices consist of at least four options?

You have two choices irks me, but I don't think there is actually anything wrong with it- is there?

Help.

tethersjinglebellend Thu 13-Dec-12 11:20:53

Nobody cares, do they?

<crestfallen>

<unsurprised>

OK, I've never thought about that and it doesn't irk me, even though I'm a pedant, but I would say it's one choice - with 2 options. 2 choices to me implies two separate decisions - so, for example, in the morning I have 2 choices to make: what to eat for breakfast and what to wear - ie two separate, distinct things. But they are used almost interchangeably from what I've observed.

somebloke123 Thu 13-Dec-12 11:29:56

I care.

I would say it's 2 choices i.e. synonymous with options.

Otherwise if you had 5 different possibilities you would have to call that 4 choices, which seems absurd.

BeataNoxPotter Thu 13-Dec-12 11:30:04

'You have a choice between' is better.

There. I cared a bit.

Then again it seems perfectly accurate to talk about somebody's choice of clothing, for example, so maybe what I just wrote is a load of cobblers confused Argh, you've just made me start to worry about something I didn't remotely care about before! Cheers, tethers grin

tethersjinglebellend Thu 13-Dec-12 20:16:35

Thanks for caring grin

beansmum Thu 13-Dec-12 20:32:28

The OED says choice and option are synonymous.

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