I have been seeing this A LOT lately. So let’s have a refresher.
lose: a verb. “I lose, you lose, he/she/it loses.” Definition:
- Be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something): “I’ve lost my appetite”.
- Cause (someone) to fail to gain or retain (something): “you lost me my appointment at the university”.
Example: “I’ve lost my keys.” “Did you lose your phone?”
loose: adjective. Not tightly fixed in place. “My tooth is loose!” “Since I lost twenty pounds, my close are much looser.”
There is also a rarely used noun for of “loose”, as in: “Let loose the hounds!”
These are NOT interchangeable! If you write, “I can’t loose ten pounds,” that is incorrect.