High School is such a distant past and yet a fleeting thought can trigger a memory that snaps me back to 1980 something. Such was the case with the following cheer:
How funky is your chicken?
How loose is your goose?
So come on everybody!
And shake your caboose!
Yeah, I have no comment. But it came to my mind when I was thinking about today’s grammar lesson: Loose vs. Lose
The confusion between the two is another common grammar mistake. First, let us focus on the pronunciation of each.
Lose ( ˈlüz ) rhymes with whOSE. I know it also rhymes with booze (and therein lies the trouble) BUT if you spell it the same, you lose! So, when you want to choose "lose" remember "whose"!
Loose ( ˈlüs ) rhymes with the word "footloose"! Remember that loose, goose, moose, and caboose all rhyme and they also all take two "o’s"
NOTE: Lose is a verb. Loose is an adjective.
I think she might lose her tooth because her fall knocked it loose.
Just remember: Lose lost an O!
Here is one final sentence that may help you remember the difference between lose and loose:
If I lose five pounds then my belt will be lOOse because I’ll have more rOOm.
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