‘Lose’ vs. ‘Loose’

Confusion also occurs in the usage of “lose” and “loose.” Although both words have the same vowel sound as that of “too’’ and “who,” their final consonant sounds differ. “Lose” has the Z sound while “loose” has that of S.

LOSE is always used as a verb. It means “ to fail to keep, maintain or win.” LOST is its past tense/ past participle form.

Commonly used as an adjective, LOOSE means “not tight; free from constriction; not bound; not precise; unfastened….” LOOSE, however, may also be used as a verb, meaning “ to set free, untie, release, relax….”LOOSED is its past tense and past participle.

Complete the following sentences with LOSE or LOOSE.

1. We should not ______ hope that a cure for COVID-19 will be available soon.
2. Senior citizens prefer ________ clothing to tight-fitting ones.
3. Nobody wants to _______ a good friend.
4. Establishments should not _______ their admission requirements to safeguard the people’s health and welfare .
5. A _____ interpretation of the law may create chaos in the community.
6. Let’s avoid _______ talk.
7. Fame and riches are nothing if we_______ our soul.
8. If you won’t improve your study habits, you will _____ your chance to graduate with honors.
9. Be careful of your steps. You might _____ your balance.
10. Pensioners are afraid to ______ out on new business ventures.

ANSWERS
1. Lose 2. Loose 3. Lose 4. Loose 5. Loose
6. Loose 7. Lose 8. Lose 9. Lose 10. Lose