Lose – is a verb that means ‘unable to find’ or ‘cease to retain’.
- She always loses her keys, and finds them in the car later.
- They always lose their pens at school.
Lost – is past tense of the verb ‘lose’.
- She lost her keys yesterday.
- Jennifer lost her glasses, and now she can’t see anything.
Loss – is a noun. The fact or process of losing something or someone.
- My grandpa was a great man. It was a big loss for the whole family when he passed away.
- It was a loss of time spending time with him.
Loss can also mean an amount of money lost by a company or business:
- Make sure your company has insurance. This can protect you from financial loss in the future.
Loose is an adjective. It means ‘not tightly fixed or attached’.
- My bookshelf is very loose. You need to fix it.
- Be careful! Your shoelaces are loose. You can fall down.
Loose can also be used as a verb. It means ‘to release’ or ‘set free’.
- The horses got loose.
- Let the dog loose! Can’t you see he wants to run around?
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