Loose vs. Lose
What is the difference?
are two commonly
in the English
language. When do you use each one?
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Even though these two words have a similar spelling, their
pronunciation is different.
long "ooh" sound and ends with an "S" sound.
has a long "ooh" sound, but it ends with a "Z" sound.
We'll go over examples and explanations to learn the difference.
is the antonym
Our clothes can be loose
or a part of a machine can be loose
This means that the part is not tight in its place.
Emily likes to wear loose, comfortable
clothes when she goes running.
Let's look at some examples with loose
should buy shoes in a very precise size. If they're too loose on your feet,
they won't be comfortable.
- Your shoes should be exactly the right size. If they are too big,
they will be uncomfortable.
- I think the telephone cord is loose. It is moving
a lot, and the sound is not very clear when I talk.
telephone cord is not tightly
in the telephone.
many countries, it's common to see people wearing loose clothes
because of the climate or traditions.
- In many places, people wear clothes that are not tight
because of the climate or local customs.
also mean informal
or not strict
when we are talking about rules, guidelines, or laws.
Let's look at an examples of this meaning.
- The rules about the arrival time are pretty loose. As long as
your work is done, you can come to the office when you prefer.
- The rules about the arrival time are not strict,
as long as you do your work.
a verb that
means to be
unable to find. We use it when we don't know where we left
Remember that lose
is an irregular
verb. The simple
past of lose
file! He doesn't know where he saved it.
- If you lose
the keys, it will be a big problem. I don't have another copy.
- If you forget where you put
the keys, it will be a problem.
- Don't lose
this ticket. You will need it to pick up your coat later.
- Don't forget where you left
- Oh no, I lost
my earring! Do you see it anywhere?
- I can't find
We can also use lose
when we are talking about a game or sports. In this context, it is the
antonym of win
Melanie really doesn't
like to lose
at tennis! Poor Bob!
First, remember that these two words are pronounced differently.
"S" sound at the end, and lose
has a "Z" sound at the end.
Also remember that loose
is an adjective, and lose is a verb.
We've seen that even though
these words have a different meaning and
They can be tricky, but now you've got it!
These were the differences between loose
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