Even mainstream media news sources make grammar goofs: Loose vs Lose

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Sunday, February 19, 2012, 10:05 am

in Grammar Tips,News

Note the yellow-highlighted word here:

Grammar goofs: Loose vs Lose

Lose is a verb; loose is an adjective

Do you ever mix up “loose” and “lose”?

Loose is an adjective meaning the opposite of tight or contained. Examples:

  • My shoelaces are loose.
  • I have a loose button on my sweater.
  • The neighbor’s dog was allowed to run loose all the time.

Lose is a verb meaning to suffer loss or defeat. Examples:

  • If the hockey team loses their next game, they won’t make the playoffs.
  • Sometimes I think I’m losing my mind.
  • I think I’ve really lost my keys this time.

In the example in the above graphic, somebody posted the news story too quickly without proofreading their title. It should read:

Victoria police lose track of riot gear, including tear gas and shotgun

As for the story itself, hmmm…


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