(newbie question) Blender selects rings for no reason

Im just trying to make a connection between two vertices but selects an entire ring for no reason, what can I do?
thanks in advance.

Perhaps you accidentally pressed on ‘Alt’ key rather than ‘Shift’ key when selecting the second vertex. Holding down ‘Shift’ will add to your current selection while ‘Alt’ will select the ring loops.

if I remember correct, holding down both alt and shift will pick the shortest path.

Don’t know if alt+shift does anything similair but ctrl+select is the default shortcut for shortest path.

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Yea, I remembered wrong. My apology.