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Question of the Week–Answer

Which of the following is/are correct?

  1. Loose him and let him go!
  2. Loose weight now!
  3. Lose him and let him go!
  4. Lose weight now!

 

To ‘loose’ (with oo) is to release or untie an animal or a person or to make something less tight; like ‘loosen’. To lose (with o) is the opposite of win or gain and means to fail to keep or sustain something as in lose a match.

If we rephrase the sentences so as to show their meanings, we would have:

Release him and let him go!

Don’t keep/let go of your weight now!

Therefore the correct sentences are Sentences 1 and 4. Congrats to all those who had it right and to the rest, better luck next time.

We have a whole lesson on loose, lose, loss and lost on our WordPress site: charismataediting.wordpress.com athttps://charismataediting.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/word-study-loose-lose-loss-and-lost/

 

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