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Thread: Lose vs loose (Grammar Tip)

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    Default Lose vs loose (Grammar Tip)

    A regular grammatical error is the misuse of the verb "to loose" in place of "to lose". English can be confusing when one spells phonetically, which if where I think the confusion between the two comes from.

    Here are the differences:



    To lose (verb)

    Definition:
    1. be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something).
    "I've lost my appetite"
    synonyms: be deprived of, suffer the loss of, no longer have, stop having

    2. become unable to find (something or someone).
    "I've lost the car keys"
    synonyms: mislay, misplace, be unable to find; drop, forget, overlook, lose track of, leave (behind), fail to keep/retain, fail to keep sight of

    Conjugation (first person):
    Present. I lose
    Present continuous I am losing
    Past I lost


    To loose (verb):

    Definition:
    1. set free; release.
    "the hounds have been loosed"
    synonyms: free, set free, unloose, turn loose, set loose, let loose, let go, release, liberate; untie, unchain, unfetter, untether, unfasten, unpen, unleash

    2. fire (a bullet, arrow, etc.).
    "he loosed off a shot at the vehicle"
    synonyms: fire, discharge, shoot, eject, catapult, let go, let fly with

    Conjugation (first person):
    Present I loose
    Present continuous I am loosing
    Past I loosed


    Examples:
    I can loose my dog or I can lose my dog.
    If I loose my dog and he doesn't return, then I have lost him.

    Are there any other examples that might make it easier for people to remember?

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    Default Re: Lose vs loose (Grammar Tip)

    Best way to remember:

    The noose is loose.

    A good memory peg because you can loosen a piece of rope.

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    Default Re: Lose vs loose (Grammar Tip)

    FWIW I often have a mental fart over choose and chose. Which I shouldn't even bring up in this thread because loose and noose are two of the reasons why choose and chose are often confused!!


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