Per a special request, we are repeating an old lesson this week.
Word Study: LOOSE, LOSE, LOSS and LOST.
Because of the closeness of their pronunciation, people tend to confuse the orthography of ‘loose’ and ‘lose’ and that of ‘lost’ and ‘loss.’ But these words are not synonymous and have different meanings, sometimes very unrelated.
LOOSE: It is an adjective used to describe the situation where things are not compact or tightly fixed in place and also to mean when something is not fitting tightly. So we say: ‘She is wearing a loose T-shirt.’ Or: ‘This knot is rather loose.’
The verb related to this is loosen.
‘Could you loosen my hair?’
LOSE: This is a verb which means to be deprived of something or someone one previously had. It is also the opposite of win.
‘He can easily lose his new glasses.’
‘Arsenal will lose the match against Chelsea tomorrow.’
LOSS: This is the noun used to describe the situation of losing something or someone. So we say : ‘The loss of their father has greatly affected them.’
It is also what we use when we want to say we don’t know how to go about something :’ To be at a loss.’
LOST : This is the adjective used to describe things we no longer have access to.
‘I found your lost book today’.
It is also the past for ‘lose’.
‘ We lost our money in the market yesterday’.
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