Learn English – Difference between “choose” and “select”


These two words are often used interchangeably and the greatest difference I can find between the two is "choose" for choosing multiple items from a set, and "select" for selecting a single item from a set. Are there other qualifiers to consider and is this singular/plural distinction on the right track?

So, really, what is the difference between the two, if any?

Best Answer

Select means to carefully choose; it also means to use a mouse or keystrokes to mark something on a computer screen.

In both the cases, the number of things chosen or marked does not influence which verb is used.