Loose the Bad Grammar!

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Alright, folks, I’m going to go easy on you today with a Language Lesson that’s short and sweet, nice and easy: loose vs. lose.

It may surprise you, but quite a few people get these two mixed up—more so now, it seems, because the Internet and texting encourage sloppiness. Here’s a common mistake:

I hope the Lakers loose tomorrow night.

Loose what? Loosen their muscles? Sure, that would be fine, but as much as I hate the Lakers (being a Celtics fan), I don’t want to see the Lakers loose, I want to see them lose.

Lose is the opposite of win.

Loose is the opposite of tight (example: make sure your seat belt isn’t too loose).

There you have it. Class dismissed. =)


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