lose or loose

Today I want to share with you some tips on how to teach your 6th grade students the difference between lose and loose. These are two words that are often confused, especially in writing, and can cause a lot of frustration for both you and your students. Here’s how I explain it to my students:

  • Lose is a verb that means to misplace something, to fail to win, or to suffer a loss. It rhymes with choose, snooze, and booze.
  • Loose is an adjective that means not tight, not firmly attached, or not strict. It rhymes with goose, juice, and moose.

To help your students remember the difference, you can use some mnemonics, such as:

  • You lose one O when you lose something.
  • A loose screw has an extra O.
  • If you lose a game, you might say boo. If your pants are loose, you might say woo.

Now, let’s look at some examples of how to use lose and loose in sentences. I’ll give you 10 sentences for each word, and try to include some references to online tutoring or being an online tutor.

  • I don’t want to lose my internet connection during the tutoring session.
  • She was so upset when she lost her favorite pen.
  • He always loses his temper when he doesn’t understand the homework.
  • They will lose points if they don’t submit their essays on time.
  • You can’t lose if you try your best.
  • Don’t lose hope, you can improve your grades with some practice.
  • How do you cope with losing a student to another tutor?
  • He lost his wallet on the way to the library.
  • She lost her voice after teaching for six hours straight.
  • They lost the game by one point.
  • His shirt was so loose that it looked like a dress.
  • She had to tighten the loose screws on her laptop.
  • He likes to wear loose jeans for comfort.
  • They have a loose schedule, so they can tutor anytime they want.
  • You need to have a loose grip on the pencil, not too tight.
  • The dog got loose from its leash and ran away.
  • She has a loose tooth that is about to fall out.
  • He has a loose interpretation of the rules.
  • They have a loose alliance with another tutoring company.
  • She felt loose and relaxed after doing some yoga.

Finally, let’s see some common mistakes that people make when using lose and loose. I’ll give you five examples of incorrect sentences, and then correct them.

  • Incorrect: Don’t loose your homework folder.
    Correct: Don’t lose your homework folder.
  • Incorrect: He has nothing to loose by trying.
    Correct: He has nothing to lose by trying.
  • Incorrect: She looses her hair in a ponytail.
    Correct: She ties her hair in a ponytail. (Or: She loosens her hair from a ponytail.)
  • Incorrect: He hates it when his students are loosing interest.
    Correct: He hates it when his students are losing interest.
  • Incorrect: They need to loose some weight.
    Correct: They need to lose some weight.

I hope this blog post was helpful. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t lose your motivation. Click here for online English tutoring.