The UVic Writer's Guide

Loose/ Lose

As an adjective, loose is the opposite of "tight": "The loose rope allowed me to escape before the explosion."

As a verb, loose means "untie": "Loose these chains and we shall be free!"

Lose is the opposite of "find": "If I don't wear my keys around my neck, I will lose them."

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