I get confused between lose and loose. I have no problem with reading them in context.
I’m sure it’s to do with their pronunciation. In my head I try to make the right choice by comparing their sounds with chose and choose.
That’s not the way to do it.
My reminder post:
Lose – sounds like “looozz”. Rhymes with “snooze”
- No longer have something.
- Fail to get or win.
- I do not want to lose my pen.
- I better not lose the keys.
- Kam does not like to lose when he is racing.
- Do not lose belief in your skills and abilities.
- We build more towns but, animals lose their habitats.
- Use it or lose it.
- Please, keep calm. Don’t lose your temper, it’s not worth it.
- My watch ticks too slowly. It loses time.
Loose – rhymes with goose or moose
- Not tight;
- Not closely constrained or constricted or constrict
- Not fastened, unsecured, unattached
- His clothes are very loose. They look very baggy.
- The sticks broke loose and floated down stream.
- In the park the dogs run loose.
- The knot is too loose so the boat may lose it’s mooring.
My note to you
I hope this post helps you remember the difference between lose and loose. Already I have used it to remind me and it does clear things up for me.
If it has been a help, or you’d like to see other confusing words or pronunciations written about, leave me a comment.