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Can I use these interchangeably? It's just a matter of preference. It's just a matter of choice.
Oct 5, 2016 8:22 PM
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These are not the same. A matter of preference specifically indicates that which you prefer. A matter of choice may mean that depending on the situation or your mood, you make a choice, no matter what your preference. Example: Tom prefers chocolate over other flavors. On Tuesday, there was a "buy one, get one free" sale on vanilla donuts. He chose vanilla donuts on Tuesday, although those are not the donuts he prefers. In this case, if it was a matter of preference, he would have purchased the chocolate donuts regardless of the sale. On Tuesday, it was a matter of choice. He made a choice, even though it was not based on preference. (Really hoping this makes sense!!)
October 5, 2016
This needs more context. On their own the two phrases don't really mean much. e.g. "It's just a matter of time before this ends badly." provides more context.
October 5, 2016
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