Words at Play : Top 10 Commonly Confused Words, Vol. 2

#10: Lose/Loose

Question:

Did the speaker loose or lose his train of thought?

Answer:

lose

How to remember it:

Think of the related words lost, loser, and loss: they all have just one "o."

Loose and lose cause confusion partly because the spelling of lose is odd: it looks like it should rhyme with nose, but instead it rhymes with shoes. Loose, on the other hand, rhymes with words you'd expect it to rhyme with: goose, caboose, moose, noose (but not, of course, choose.)

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