I just had the pleasure of doing some pattern work at PHOG with @Swang007 controlling for us (thanks, Sean!).
I requested takeoff and to remain in the pattern, and I was given takeoff clearance and instructed to make left traffic. Before I made my intentions known, I was put in the pattern and cleared for the option, which I complied with.
I’m not a real-world pilot (yet) so here it is: Is being cleared for the option giving me the choice of a touch-and-go OR a full-stop landing? If so, great. Question answered. If not, my second question would be this: what do I do if the controller clears me for the option before I’ve had a chance to say that I don’t intend to perform a touch-and-go? I’ve stated my intentions after being cleared before and the controller scolds me for clogging up the frequency.
If we could stick to answers from actual pilots or controllers that would be sweet - no “opinions” necessary ;)