Lose vs. Loose- Learn the difference people!

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This has got to be one of my biggest pet peeves. I’m reading some articles online today doing some research for work. In one particular article, the author continuously uses loose instead of lose. I literally can not finish the article because I am so annoyed. It’s possible that I am slightly extra grouchy today because of the fact I was wide awake in bed last night from 2 am-5:30 am. Or maybe it’s because it’s 12 degrees outside today. Or maybe Jupiter is aligning improperly with the rest of the dag-on planets and now my aura is off or something. All I know is grown people should KNOW the difference between lose and loose.

Thank you dictionary.com for the following definitions:

loose

[loos]  Show IPA adjective, loos·er, loos·est, adverb, verb, loosed, loos·ing.

adjective

1. free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
2. free from anything that binds or restrains
3. uncombined, as a chemical element.
4. not bound together: to wear one’s hair loose.
5. not put up in a package or other container: loose mushrooms.

lose

[looz]  Show IPA verb, lost, los·ing.

verb (used with object)

1. to come to be without something in one’s possession or care
2. to fail inadvertently to retain something
3. to suffer the deprivation of: to lose one’s job; to lose one’s life.
4. to be bereaved of by death: to lose a sister.
5. to fail to keep, preserve, or maintain: to lose one’s balance; to lose one’s figure.So, are the differences clear here? Lose is a verb- which means you can lose some money (not loose some money) or lose your job (not loose your job).  Loose is used as an adjective (a descriptive word remember); your clothes are too loose, or your dog could get loose.Often times if you say the sentence in your head and the word you want ends in a ‘z’ sound- that’s lose. Loose sounds like an ‘s’ at the end.Please people, watch your grammar. Before I loose my mind.

 

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