Loose vs Lose

The words loose and lose are mixed up in writing; for some reason, many people write loose when they really mean lose. But there’s no reason to lose your mind worrying about this, just lose the extra o!


Loose is an adjective, the opposite of tight or contained.

My shoes are loose

I have a loose tooth

There’s a dog running loose in the street


Lose is a verb that means to suffer the loss of, to miss.

I win! You lose!

Don’t lose your keys

I never lose bets

The Bottom Line

Simple carelessness leads people to write loose when they mean lose. Just remember that lose has one o, and loose has two. Start with loose, lose an o, and what do you get? Lose!

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2 comments for “Loose vs Lose

  1. Quizzie
    10 February 2014 at 9:45 am

    Funny, I’ve just come accross an official letter by the South African Government where they made the same mistake (to loose).

  2. Stan
    9 April 2014 at 10:32 am

    Thank you for clearing this up. Your examples are great.

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