Lose versus Loose: Let’s Lose This Spelling Error

A couple of readers sent me e-mail to ask that I write about the difference between loose and lose. It seems that I’m not the only person to have seen these two spelling errors. When talking about something that is missing or misplaced or something that is relinquished, use the verb to lose.

  • I lose my keys at least once per week.
  • She loses her temper easily.
  • They lose every bet that they place.

When talking about something that is not secure or contained, use loose.

  • The doorknob is loose.
  • He has loose morals.
  • The goose is loose.


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