I have NO IDEA how people get confused with the words LOOSE and LOSE, but not everyone cares that much about spelling or grammar. I actually think I have several of those type of people in my own family. 😉 I promise not to name any names, Mom and Alyssa. LOL
Maybe I’ll give you a mnemonic device that might be more helpful than my illustration, but then again maybe I should just save it for later.
Anyway, everyone enjoyed my last grammar lesson about YOUR vs YOU’RE and gave me all kinds of suggestions for more posts, so I’m going to dive into all the quirks in our language while trying to make you laugh about it too.
When And How To Correctly Use “LOOSE”
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LOOSE = not rigidly fastened or securely attached : having worked partly free from attachments : having relative freedom of movement : not tight-fitting : free from a state of confinement or restraint : not tightly drawn or stretched
Let me give you a few examples of sentences using LOOSE:
I’ve lost so much weight, my pants are LOOSE in the waist and the butt!
Because her morals are LOOSE , she doesn’t see anything wrong with shoplifting, taking money out of her friends purse or cheating on her income taxes.
A LOOSE interpretation of “Healthy Eating” would be “A man covered in chocolate.”
A simple sound check for the word LOOSE is that when you say it out loud, the “s” is like a hissing sssssnake.
When And How To Correctly Use “LOSE”
LOSE = to miss from one’s possession or from a customary or supposed place : to suffer loss through the death or removal of or final separation : to fail to keep control of or allegiance of : to fail to win, gain, or obtain : to cause the loss of : to free oneself from : get rid of
Let me give you a few examples of sentences using LOSE:
If you snooze, you LOSE.
By not listening, you LOSE the opportunity to get to know someone better.
Once you LOSE the unwanted weight, it has a tendency to boost your self-esteem.
When you LOSE someone you love, it takes a long time for the heart to heal.
A simple sound check for the word LOSE is that when you say it out loud, the “s” sounds like a “z” and the word will rhyme with “snooze” or “booze”.
What’s The Big Deal About “LOOSE” and “LOSE”?!
LOOSE is not interchangeable with LOSE — ever!
Here’s some common sentences using “LOOSE” and “LOSE” incorrectly:
Correct—> I need to LOSE weight! = You have packed on the fat and know that it is unhealthy.
Wrong —> I need to LOOSE weight! = MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL!
When someone says they need to LOOSE weight, do you know what goes through my mind? I can see a person’s tummy that is has fat barely attached. The person is able to grab it, pull it slightly, and then it just detaches. Yes! That would be LOOSE weight! If fat was THAT easy to get rid of, we would see piles of fat everywhere we turned. People would discard their LOOSE weight all the time! Imagine the Walmart parking lot with piles of LOOSE weight!!! Isn’t that just a great visual? LOL
The mnemonic device that I was referring to at the beginning of the post is something that my family says every now and again. Since my nickname is “Moose,” this little ditty applies sometimes when I’m out and about doing errands.
“The Moose is ‘LOOSE’ today.”
Seriously, if you just remember that one saying, LOOSE and LOSE will always make sense!