Confusing Words: Lose vs. Loose

Hey everyone! Today, let’s clear up the confusion between two commonly mixed-up words: lose and loose.

LOSE (verb) /lu:z/

  • Meaning: To misplace or be unable to find something.
  • Example: “I always lose my keys.”
    “I lost my wallet at the park yesterday.”

LOOSE (adjective) /lu:s/

  • Meaning: Not tight or firmly fixed in place.
  • Example: “These shoes are too loose.”
    “The dog’s collar was too loose and slipped off.”

Quick Tip:

  • Lose is spelled with one “O” and is all about misplacing something.
  • Loose is spelled with two “O”s and describes something that isn’t tight.
  • The difference is in the final sound: “lose” ends with a /z/ sound, while “loose” ends with an /s/ sound.

Lose vs. Loose

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My shoelaces are too ______; I keep tripping over them.

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If you don’t keep track of your things, you might ______ them.

3 / 12

She didn’t want to ______ the opportunity to travel abroad.

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The chair is ______; it wobbles when you sit on it.

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He felt sad when his team started to ______ the game.

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Make sure the screws aren’t too ______ or the table will fall apart.

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I always seem to ______ my sunglasses at the beach.

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The food went bad because the lid of the jar was ____.

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If you keep forgetting things, you might ______ your way home.

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The puppy’s collar was too ______, so we had to adjust it.

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They tried not to ______ their temper during the argument.

12 / 12

The sweater was too ______, so I decided to return it.

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