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Would like to know if it's wrong to use "my something of choice"? Does the phrase have the same meaning as "something of my choice"?

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flamengo, welcome to ELU; however, since it's obvious you're asking this because you're learning English, perhaps you should ask it at our site specifically for English Language Learners. –  Marthaª May 3 '13 at 19:54
    
@Marthaª, I think not. I was about to answer this question, when I realised that I didn't understand the difference either. –  Brian Hooper May 3 '13 at 20:08
    
"my something of choice" == constant favourite; "something of my choice" == a one-off choice from a selection –  bungeshea May 7 '13 at 9:32
    
@flamengo This question has been open for a while. If the answers you received have satisfied your needs, please accept one of them. ;) –  Alex P Aug 23 '13 at 15:43
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The two phrases have slightly different connotations.

"My something of choice" implies a personal favorite or habitual preference. E.g. "The golden gun is his weapon of choice."

"Something of my choice" implies getting to choose from a specific set. It is appropriate for describing a momentary decision. E.g. "The steak comes with a side of your choice: soup of the day, Caesar salad, or steamed vegetables."

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I think your connotations explain very clearly, thanks. –  flamengo May 3 '13 at 20:41
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The phrase the something of choice means

the thing that most people prefer to use in a particular situation: Penicillin remains the drug of choice in treating this disease.

In the same vein, my something of choice is what you prefer to use in a given situation, e.g., "The Porsche Panamera is my car of choice for long journeys."

On the other hand, something of my choice is something you do because you want to, not because you have to: "Bicycling thirty miles to work is of my choice."

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