English Grammar Questions

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Peluche
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English Grammar Questions

Postby Peluche » Tue May 19, 2020 11:16 am

I'll post my English questions here.

Q1. Suppose there are multiple options for something, and I want to ask whether the choice is up to me. I came up with:
Is it up to me on which option to choose?
I think this isn't correct? How do I fix it?
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Re: English Grammar Questions

Postby DaveAgain » Tue May 19, 2020 11:30 am

Peluche wrote:I'll post my English questions here.

Q1. Suppose there are multiple options for something, and I want to ask whether the choice is up to me. I came up with:
Is it up to me on which option to choose?
I think this isn't correct? How do I fix it?
Omit the 'on'. Is it up to me which one/option to choose? Is the choice/selection of option up to me?
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Re: English Grammar Questions

Postby Mooby » Tue May 19, 2020 11:33 am

Yes, omit 'on'.
Personally, I'd just say: 'Is the choice up to me?'
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Re: English Grammar Questions

Postby mattf789 » Tue May 19, 2020 12:25 pm

Peluche wrote:I'll post my English questions here.

Q1. Suppose there are multiple options for something, and I want to ask whether the choice is up to me. I came up with:
Is it up to me on which option to choose?
I think this isn't correct? How do I fix it?


Can I choose? Is it my choice?
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Re: English Grammar Questions

Postby teapot » Wed May 20, 2020 9:18 am

Peluche wrote:I'll post my English questions here.

Q1. Suppose there are multiple options for something, and I want to ask whether the choice is up to me. I came up with:
Is it up to me on which option to choose?
I think this isn't correct? How do I fix it?

The previous conversation would provide context that might change the question you would ask. However, ‘May I choose?’ is the most pithy, correct question, or ‘May I choose which option?’ if you wanted something longer.

There is a slight technical difference between the words can and may that would be important in a formal writing context. The word may seeks permission for action more explicitly than the word can (which asks about possibility). This is a pedantic point though. In conversation, few people would have any doubt about what you meant.
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