Loose or Lose?
There’s no formula for what I do,” said King, who added that if he tried to analyze and formulate his approach to writing, he might loose his touch.
The word “loose” in this quotation from a site about publishing is incorrectly used. King might lose his touch.
The words lose and loose are often confused. Here are examples to illustrate their uses.
“Lose” is a verb.
The Cubs didn’t lose today’s game.
They lost the one yesterday.
They have lost three in a row.
I don’t like it when they are losing.
The word “loose” can be used as more than one part of speech.
“Loose” can be a verb:
Loose the dog from its chain.
The man loosed his pit bull on the intruder.
We have loosed all the raccoons from the traps.
The activists are loosing the monkeys from the lab.
“Loose” can be an adjective:
He prefers to wear loose clothing when exercising.
This screw is loose.
“Loose” can be an adverb:
The rancher turned the horses loose.
One more thing: The two words have different pronunciations. The “s” in “lose” has the sound /z/. The “s” in “loose” has the sound /s/.
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