In English, we use the word "option" in a wide array of situations with many different meanings. When speaking, I struggled to find a word that translated the meaning effectively. Some examples are:

Giving up is not an option.

In this case I assume there is not a direct translation, and I have to use あきらめるわけにはいかない or something of the sort?

There are many drink options at that restaurant.

This is another usage that confuses me. I feel like たくさんの種類 maybe works, but that there is still a better way to say this.

What are our options?


That idea, won't work, we need to find another option.

This is the usage that really gets me. I am not aware of a word that exists such that I can say, 僕らはほかの<option>を探さない/見つけないといけない

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    – chocolate
    Commented Aug 19, 2018 at 16:19
  • I always thought that was more for, like multiple choice questions. No? Commented Aug 19, 2018 at 17:22
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    @chargerstriker Chocolateさん's suggestion works for the examples that you gave.
    – DXV
    Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 7:19
  • I drafted some examples with 選択 and 選択肢 for each of these bu my grammar might be off...
    – virmaior
    Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 10:54

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The word 選択肢 can be used, possibly with small rephrasing, like this:

  • 諦めるという選択肢はない。
  • このレストランにはたくさんのドリンクの選択肢がある。
  • 我々の選択肢は何か?
  • その案はダメだ、別の選択肢を探さないと。

Still, 選択肢 is a relatively stiff word, and yes, something like 諦めるわけにはいかない may be a reasonable choice in casual speech. If you feel like avoiding 選択肢, you can say たくさんのドリンクから選べる, どんながあるか, 別の方法を探そう, etc.

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