Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Grammar Tips Wednesday: Loose and Lose, Choose and Chose

Hi everyone,

I've been grading essays all week and have come across this mistake numerous times.  There is a difference between Loose and Lose and Choose and Chose.  In fact, there's quite a big difference.
The extra O makes a huge difference.  Please be conscientious when you are writing these words.

All definitions are coming from Dictionary.com

Loose is defined as

loose

[loos] Show IPA adjective, loos·er, loos·est, adverb, verb loosed, loos·ing.
adjective
1.
free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
2.
free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night.
3.
uncombined, as a chemical element.
4.
not bound together: to wear one's hair loose.
5.
not put up in a package or other container: loose mushrooms.
 
Lose is defined as

lose

[looz] Show IPA verb, lost, los·ing.
verb (used with object)
1.
to come to be without (something in one's possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery: I'm sure I've merely misplaced my hat, not lost it.
2.
to fail inadvertently to retain (something) in such a way that it cannot be immediately recovered: I just lost a dime under this sofa.
3.
to suffer the deprivation of: to lose one's job; to lose one's life.
4.
to be bereaved of by death: to lose a sister.
5.
to fail to keep, preserve, or maintain: to lose one's balance; to lose one's figure.
 
Choose is defined as

choose

[chooz] Show IPA verb, chose; cho·sen or ( Obsolete ) chose; choos·ing.
verb (used with object)
1.
to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference: She chose Sunday for her departure.
2.
to prefer or decide (to do something): He chose to run for election.
3.
to want; desire.
4.
(especially in children's games) to contend with (an opponent) to decide, as by odd or even, who will do something: I'll choose you to see who gets to bat first.
 
Chose is defined as

chose

1 [chohz] Show IPA
verb
1.
simple past tense of choose.
2.
Obsolete . past participle of choose.

1 comment:

  1. This is a hard one for me! I always have to say it in my head when typing. Thanks for the tip! :D

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