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 English Vocabulary for ESL learners 



Expressions and phrases related to making decisions:
well-known expressions that are used when talking about making a choice or reaching a decision.
  • Be in two minds
    Be undecided or unsure about what to do
    “I'm in two minds about whether or not to accept the offer.”

  • Be in a quandary
    Find it difficult to decide what to do
    “The job is good but the salary is low. I'm in a quandary about what to do.”

  • Be on the fence
    Have not yet reached a decision
    “The candidates have very similar ideas which is why so many electors are still on the fence.”

  • Change your mind
    Change your decision
    “I was going to go sailing but I changed my mind when I saw the weather.”

  • Have second thoughts
    Change your mind after more thought.
    “I wanted an apartment, but on second thoughts, I prefer to have a garden."

  • Keep your options open
    Postpone making a decision so that you can choose among several possibilities.
    "The offer sounds good, but keep your options open until you're sure it's the best choice."

  • Make a snap decision
    A quick or hasty decision without taking the time to think it over.
    “Take time to think about it. Snap decisions are not always the best.”

  • Make up your mind
    Definitely decide on something.
    “I’ve made up my mind, I’m going to accept the offer.”

  • Mull over something
    Think carefully before making a decision.
    “He mulled over several options before making a decision.”

  • Take it or leave it
    You must decide now whether you accept or not.
    “This is our final proposal – take it or leave it.”

  • (A) toss-up
    The choice between two equally-good options (like tossing a coin).
    "Both boxers are in excellent condition. It's a toss-up which of them will win."

  • Toy with an idea
    Consider something without giving it serious thought.
    "Sally has often toyed with the idea of moving abroad, but she's still here!"

  • Weigh your options
    Consider which is the best choice.
    “After weighing my options, I’ve decided to work freelance.”

  • Weigh the pros and cons
    Consider the advantages and disadvantages.
    “They weighed the pros and cons of the school before enrolling their children.”

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