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I see this mistake happen so many times, and I do not know why. At only four characters it is such a simple word, and even if you do make the mistake, why is the rule so hard to learn?

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probably because 'choose' sounds like the word they want, whereas 'chose' does not sound like the word they want. –  Jim May 25 '12 at 22:53
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I don't think it's plausible to answer why people misspell things. –  Mahnax May 25 '12 at 22:57
    
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Its probably for similar reasons that possesives get they're spelling mutilated so frequently. –  sehe May 25 '12 at 23:07
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@NeilCoffey You would prefer loosse vs loose, or loose vs looze? Or I dunno, leuze? Might wanna fix boose, booze, broose, choose, floose, foose, goose, groose, hoose, moose, noose, roose, schmooze, snoose, snooze, and swoose while it’s on one’s mind. Don’t forget move. –  tchrist May 26 '12 at 0:38
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closed as not a real question by Mahnax, Dusty, simchona, tchrist, J.R. May 26 '12 at 1:16

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