I'm trying to find a short (1-2 word) way of saying "make up your own mind" (as opposed to having other people unduly influence you). I want a positive connotation, so "figure it out" doesn't work.

More specifically, a really short way of saying: "examine the evidence about this contentious subject and form your own opinion". "You Decide" is along the right lines.

Any ideas?

  • These are my favorite one-, two-, and three-word ways to say what you seem to be asking about: "Adjudicate!" "You decide." "Speak, O Muse!"
    – Sven Yargs
    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:07
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    You decide. :)
    – Kris
    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:21
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    But seriously, decide for yourself is what one would instinctively and naturally say most of the time, to mean "make up your mind, on your own."
    – Kris
    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:24
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    That's for you to decide.
    – Jim
    Aug 23, 2014 at 7:19
  • Keep calm and think for yourself.
    – SrJoven
    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:16

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...find a short (1-2 word) way of saying “make up your own mind”

One or two words is quite limiting, so some of the following use three. However, the two-word phrase due diligence [which, technically, refers to “A legally binding process during which a potential buyer evaluates the assets and liabilities of a company”] often is used figuratively or more generally to mean to study something carefully and thoroughly before reaching a decision.

Possible imperative phrasings:

• Decide for yourself
• Use due diligence
• Be openminded
• Think independently
• Study the issues
• Consider carefully

  • Your conclusion!!

may suggest the idea; short for draw your own conclusion.

also the expressions:

  • You choose!! or Your choice!!

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