Please consider the following passage:

I had to choose between A and B. I preferred the letter A. So that settled my choice.

Is the phrase "So that settled my choice" used correctly? Is it idiomatic? Are there better alternatives that are just as concise?

To be perfectly clear, what I mean by "that settled my choice" is "that factor brought about my decision". But that's a bit verbose, so I'd prefer to go with "that settled my choice" provided it is idiomatic.

Thank you.

  • So I chose it.
    – Henry
    Apr 18, 2018 at 9:39
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    'That settled it' or 'That decided me' (when the context is clear). Apr 18, 2018 at 10:12
  • That settled my choice - Made my decision easier, facilitated my choice between A and B. There's no doubt it's idiomatic. Another expression could be - 'So my mind was made up in favor of A.' Apr 18, 2018 at 10:26
  • In the example you provided 'That settled my choice" states nothing. Flipping a coin to make a decision for you, or, selecting A because it is a triangle, are examples what you might have made your 'choice' on. You do not state any value preference for A. The phrase usually involves some value driven judgement for selection. "I had to choose between a blue car and a red car. The red is bright and not a color I'd be comfortable in. That settled my choice." Apr 18, 2018 at 12:00
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    @Jason Bassford Even saying I have a preference for A, relates to' "that settled my choice" agreed. However, the crux of a judgement value being used is critical to that particular phrase. Otherwise, the statement is more accurately, "that is my choice." Apr 18, 2018 at 13:30

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Yes, it's idiomatic. It's not the most common phrase, but I've heard it used and it's understandable.

Some (perhaps more common) alternatives:

That influenced my decision.
My choice was clear.
Everything being equal, I went with my preference.
I picked the one I liked.


So be it TFD an idiom

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