Many novice (and even some experienced) writers make mistakes when it comes to things such as apostrophes, an extra “o”, or possession. Here are some of the most common mistakes I see people make, and how to choose the correct usage.
Lose vs. Loose
This is perhaps one of the most common (and most aggravating) mistakes I see writers make. The word “loose” is often incorrectly utilized in place of “lose”. What is the difference?
Lose is a verb, meaning to no longer be in possession of. Or, in the case of team sports, it can mean the opposite of “win”.
Correct usage of “lose”
I’m going to lose my mind.
Losing my job has been really difficult.
I think we are going to lose the game.
Loose is an adjective, and is used to describe something. In most cases it means the opposite of “tight”. But there are some special uses.
Correct usage of “loose”
The bolt is loose.
I have a loose button on my shirt.
That movie is loosely related to the book.
Next, we will talk about "to" vs. "too".
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