English as a Second Language/Word choice

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1.  Of the many candidates for the position, Mr. Nelson is our first choice.
    We need to keep our options open before making a decision.

Is it possible to replace “choice” with “option” in the first sentence and “choices” with “options” in the second? If not, why?

2.Reducing wages was suggested as an alternative to cutting jobs.

Is it possible to replace “an alternative” with “an option” or “a choice”? If not, why?

3. The inspector came to observe operations in the factory.
We are going to watch a new training video this afternoon.

What can be taken in place of “observe” in the first sentence? “Watch” ,”monitor” or “supervise “?

What can be taken in place of “watch” in the second?  “View” or “see”?

4.The chairman usually keeps tight control on all the senior staff.

The boss wants to see you for a brief chat in his office.

What can be taken in place of “tight” in the first sentence? “Strict”?
What can be taken in place of “brief chat” in the second?  

5.It is highly unlikely that oil prices will fall next year.
All of our staff are fully qualified and experienced.

What can be taken in place of “highly unlikely”? “Very unlikely” or “Very possible”?

What can be taken in place of “fully”?  “Well” or what else?

Answer
1.  Of the many candidates for the position, Mr. Nelson is our first choice.
   We need to keep our options open before making a decision.

Is it possible to replace “choice” with “option” in the first sentence and “choices” with “options” in the second? If not, why?

You can't use option in the first as candidates are chosen; just like you can't use choice in the second as "keep our choices open" is not proper English.

2.Reducing wages was suggested as an alternative to cutting jobs.

Is it possible to replace “an alternative” with “an option” or “a choice”? If not, why? Yes to option; choice may work too, but it's not something I would say.

3. The inspector came to observe operations in the factory.
We are going to watch a new training video this afternoon.

What can be taken in place of “observe” in the first sentence? “Watch” ,”monitor” or “supervise “? Watch and monitor could be substituted.

What can be taken in place of “watch” in the second?  “View” or “see”? I'd stick to watch here.

4.The chairman usually keeps tight control on all the senior staff.

The boss wants to see you for a brief chat in his office.

What can be taken in place of “tight” in the first sentence? “Strict”? yes
What can be taken in place of “brief chat” in the second?  short meeting

5.It is highly unlikely that oil prices will fall next year.
All of our staff are fully qualified and experienced.

What can be taken in place of “highly unlikely”? “Very unlikely” (I'd stick to highly unlikely)

What can be taken in place of “fully”?  “Well” or what else? adequately (but it would sound too pompous for my taste). I'd stick to fully, but well should do as well.

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Amy  

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