Lose or loose? Help!

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To lose or to loose? My attempt at choosing the right one seem to always result in loss. :)

Does anyone know an easy way of remembering the difference between lose and loose? English grammar, why you so confusing! For example, if I were to ""(lose or loose) my cool,"" which one would it be? They both just look weird to me, and sounding them out in my head doesn't really help.

If anyone can help me with the lose vs. loose conundrum (my new favorite english word), I would be very thankful. This looks like a really great community and I'm excited to learn from you guys. Maybe (I hope!) someday I'll be able to contribute and help to other people learning too.

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The word you want in that phrase is "lose my cool." "Loose" (with two o's) is the opposite of tight.

 

Maybe you can remember it this way: if you want to spell lose (opposite of find), you have to lose an o.

link answered Aug 09 '13 at 19:40 Actually Holly Expert

Hi Actually Holly (fun name!), thank you so much for your fast answer to my lose or loose question. The reason I wasn't sure about "(loose or lose) my cool" is because both definitions could apply! My "cool" could be loose or I could lose it. Thank you for clarifying, that is a fantastic way of remembering.

Hans-Peter HoffschmidtAug 09 '13 at 19:51

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