Easy Grammar Tip #2: Loose and Lose

Last Update: January 27, 2018

Today I would like to address a mistake that I see everywhere, blogs, social media, texts. It's everywhere! It drives me nuts!

As always, I am sympathetic to writers who are not native English speakers. I'm not as sympathetic to native English speakers, but I am digging around for some compassion. ;-)

The words "loose" and "lose" have two different meanings. And they just get thrown around with abandon by people who do not realize what a big mistake it is. I've seen this stick out like a sore thumb on otherwise well written posts.

So here we go:

Loose indicates a person, place or thing has gotten away, broke free, is coming undone, etc. Loose change, loose screw, escaped convict running loose, etc. Usually if something is loose it needs to be fixed, or found.


Then we have:

Lose is mainly a future tense word, but not always. It is synonymous with lost or loss. If you lose something it can't be fixed, it's gone.

"If your team doesn't practice, they will LOSE the game tomorrow night."

I hope this helps a little. These grammar glitches really do stick out. If I've contributed to cleaning up some of the confusion, then my work here is done. ;-)

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BobBarr Premium
If you are loose in your grammar, you will certainly lose credibility in the eyes of your readers.
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wendyg53 Premium
LOL! Very good.
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PatrickM1 Premium
Wendy - Thanks! I knew the answer to this one, but I can use all the help I can get with my grammar.
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MikeMahaffey Premium
My best hope is that English teachers don't need to lose weight to wear loose clothes. If they do they will be in a tremor when they exit my best losing weight site. Grammar police can quickly see I've lost my ability to communicate properly via the written word.

Yet, I can not help myself. I must continue to convert my rudimentary thoughts into semi-proper English to satisfy my soul.
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JamesJB Premium
You're right...similar words are inserted incorrectly, and doing so, it will change the whole meaning of what's written. Your and you're are too, as well as many others.
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wendyg53 Premium
You're and your was Easy Grammar Tip #1

:-)
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JamesJB Premium
I missed that post :)
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DEversley Premium
Keep them coming, Wendy.
Like how you said "It's everywhere! It drives me nuts!" You have a sense of humor.:)

Excellent tips! Thought we would have been on tip 10 by now, lol.
Very necessary and helpful!

David
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wendyg53 Premium
I'm afraid my day job wears me to a pulp. Otherwise we certainly would have been on #10 by now. LOL!
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DEversley Premium
That's understood, Wendy!
All the best and get some rest.

david
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