Welcome to this edition of From the Teacher’s Desk! Words are wonderful tools, but sometimes we use those tools incorrectly. For the next several weeks, I will be covering some of the most common misused words in the English language. My hope is that we can teach our students the correct way to use them and empower them. Today we are going to discuss the differences between the words Lose and Loose. Many people use these interchangeably and that is just wrong! These words mean two entirely different things. Hopefully I can help you straighten out your students today. Below you will find the nitty gritty of the Lose vs. Loose debate:
Lose vs. Loose
lose – To be deprived of or cease to have; to cause someone to fail to gain or retain something.
Incorrect: Loose weight in 5 weeks or loose your chance to go to the beach!
Correct: Lose weight in 5 weeks or lose your chance to go to the beach!
loose – Not firmly or tightly fixed in place; to release or set free.
Incorrect: The dog’s collar was lose, so Bob tightened it before the dog got lose.
Correct: The dog’s collar was loose, so Bob tightened it before the dog got loose.
Are these words that have been used incorrectly in your homeschool? What are some others you are hoping I will cover? Leave me a comment and let me know what words are driving you batty! Be sure to visit me next week for another set of commonly misused words.