Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here. I got a question the other day from a student who said, 'What's the difference between "choose" C-H-O-O-S-E and "chose" C-H-O-S-E?' Let's start with the pronunciation first. 'Choose.' C-H-O-O-S-E. 'Choose.' CH-OO-SE. The sound in the middle, the vowel sound, is an 'oo' sound. 'Choose.' 'Chose.' C-H-O-S-E. That word has a different vowel sound in the middle. CH-O-S-E. CH-O-S-E. The first word 'choose'. CH-OO. The second word is 'chose'. CH-OSE. 'Choose' and 'chose' have the same meaning, but 'choose' is a present tense verb, and 'chose' is a past tense verb. 'Choose' and 'chose' just mean to decide what you want out of two or more things. So, an example sentence could be 'I don't know what to choose.' What am I talking about? Past, present or future? The present. Or another example could be 'I chose the wrong shoes.' So, what am I talking about here? Past, present or future? The past. Now, I will say 'choose' or 'chose', and I want you to tell me what you heard. Number one-- This is C-H-O-O-S-E. Number two-- This is C-H-O-S-E. And number three-- This is also C-H-O-S-E.