Finally, two words that sound similar but have very different parts of speech are “lose” and “loose.” “To lose” is a verb meaning “to misplace or fail,” while “loose” is most often used as an adjective describing how something fits. We use the verb “to lose” to say, “Your team is going to lose the baseball game.” We would use the adjective “loose” to say, “My clothes are loose on me because they are too big.”
Where this can get complicated is when we also use “to loosen” as a verb. We use the verb “to loosen,” meaning, “to make free.” For example, you would “loosen the knots on a rope in order to break free.” This usage is less common, however, so most of the time you will use “loose” as an adjective to describe nouns.
How Afficient Academy Helps Writers with Commonly Confused Words
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