Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

make decisions in English

Have you ever had a situation where you had two possibilities for something?

One thing might have been a sure thing, while the other was not so sure.

Yet you wanted the one that wasn’t so sure–and then you had to decide?

Can you think of a time in your life like this?

We’re going to show you how you make this decision and talk it through in English.


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Making A Decision Can Be Tough

We’ve all been in those situations where you have to make a tough choice.

Though the sure thing may not be appealing, it may ultimately be the safest and best choice.

There’s a phrase in English that speaks to a situation where you have to make a tough choice and it goes “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

What this basically means is that something you already have is better than something that might be better but you don’t have it yet.

You have to make this tough choice, and it may not always be the one that seems appealing at the time.


So How Do You Decide?

When you think about it, many will say that it‘s better to be content with what you have than to risk losing everything by seeking more.

The definite option is worth more than the possibility–even if you want one more than the other. 

This is a logical and sound argument, though it may not always be the popular opinion.

So do you go with the safe choice?

How do you make this decision?


Making These Tough Decisions Happens Everyday

You may be faced with a tough decision making process in many things including a job, your relationship status, a place to live, and so many other aspects of your life.

You want to really think it through and know how to navigate and find your way.

This isn’t always easy and it’s ultimately a very personal decision, but there are some phrases that can help you with this very situation.

  • A sure thingThis means that the situation is 100 percent going to happen. It’s definite and it’s the right thing, and there is no question about it.
    • “I am definitely going with this job because it’s a sure thing in that it offers everything that I am looking for. “
  • To settle for somethingThis means that it’s not what you want, but  you’re doing something anyway because it’s safe. You may question if you are going to be happy with it, but you’re settling because it seems like the right or safe thing to do.
    • “I liked the other apartment better, but I’m likely going to settle on this one because it’s closer to work.”
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: This means that you shouldn’t put all your hopes on one thing. This takes into account that things can change quickly, and therefore you want to consider all options before making an important decision.
    • “I really liked that guy but he hasn’t called in a couple of days, and I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket.”


Some Helpful Tips

Decision making can be hard in any language or culture.

Be sure that you think things through and really consider all of the options.

It’s fine to ask your friends, but go with what is right in your heart.

Consider the decision wisely and try to be objective, don’t just always go with the “safe bet”.

There’s a lot in a decision and you have to do what is right for you.



Making a decision is often difficult, no matter what it’s about.

It can be helpful to talk it through with those that you trust, and now you have some helpful phrases to do just that.

Be mindful and take your time to make the decision that is right for you.

In the end, you will do what’s right if you consider all options and outcomes.


If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

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