I am trying to find the more appropriate helper sentences, e.g. for a single choice question:

"check" only one of the options OR "check" only one of the answers

Is there a better way to say this!?

Also, for multiple-choice questions:

You can "check" more than one option OR You can "check" more than one answer

Can I replace the word "check" with something better? is it ok if I say "Select" instead! I'm open to your suggestions

P.S. this is in a questionnaire context, in a mobile app

  • It would be helpful to have a screenshot of what you are asking about. For example, is it checkboxes that need to be checked or text of some sort? This may be a question that is better answered by a UX expert.
    – Shoe
    Nov 24, 2019 at 10:33
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    More concise: "Only one answer allowed", "Multiple answers allowed"
    – Steph
    Nov 24, 2019 at 13:00
  • Note that normally the term "multiple-choice question" simply means that there is a list of possible answers to choose from, even when only one answer can be selected. I understand the distinction you're trying to make, but I've never heard the term "single-choice question" before.
    – nnnnnn
    May 24, 2020 at 8:49
  • Select one of the options...?
    – Ram Pillai
    Oct 21, 2020 at 11:58

3 Answers 3


Choose or check is fine.

Use may instead of can here.

You may check one answer.

You may check one or more answers.

Or use underlining for boldface.


The word select is just fine; however you might consider the word "populate". This word can be used in multiple choices, short answers and to give any feedback. This is best on an online format.

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    I think 'populate' relates to a more arbitrary and larger scale filling in than opting or selecting does.
    – Joachim
    Apr 24, 2020 at 9:04

You can say:

Mark the correct answer(s)


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