Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Word Choices (Part 5 of 6)

Did you lose the knot or did you loose it?

It depends. If you lose a knot, it means you've misplaced it or you can't find it. If you loose a knot, you untie it. Many people pronounce both words the same, which is confusing. (Pronounce lose with a z sound at the end.)

Think of loose as the opposite of tight; lose refers to something you no longer have.

If I lose it, I don't have it; 

if I loose it, I free it from restraint.

2 comments:

  1. How timely. This very word cropped up as a problem in my WIP. Although my crit person corrected it, I didn't have a great way to remember which was which. Thank you.

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  2. I see those two words misused often, so I found your clear explanation very helpful. Thanks!

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