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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-14-2002, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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OT - Lose vs. Loose

Not to hash on anyone, but I get annoyed seeing very common words in the English language mixed up by smart people.

And so, the topic of "Lose" vs. "Loose". They are NOT interchangeable, contrary to popular belief. For example, someone writes "...it's easy to loose sight of your goals". WRONG! Here is the definition of the word "lose"

lose Pronunciation Key (lz)
v. lost, (lôst, lst) los·ing, los·es
v. tr.
To be unsuccessful in retaining possession of; mislay: He's always losing his car keys.

To be deprived of (something one has had): lost her art collection in the fire; lost her job.
To be left alone or desolate because of the death of: lost his wife.
To be unable to keep alive: a doctor who has lost very few patients.
To be unable to keep control or allegiance of: lost his temper at the meeting; is losing supporters by changing his mind.
To fail to win; fail in: lost the game; lost the court case.
To fail to use or take advantage of: Don't lose a chance to improve your position.
To fail to hear, see, or understand: We lost the plane in the fog. I lost her when she started speaking about thermodynamics.

To let (oneself) become unable to find the way.
To remove (oneself), as from everyday reality into a fantasy world.
To rid oneself of: lost five pounds.
To consume aimlessly; waste: lost a week in idle occupations.
To wander from or become ignorant of: lose one's way.

To elude or outdistance: lost their pursuers.
To be outdistanced by: chased the thieves but lost them.
To become slow by (a specified amount of time). Used of a timepiece.
To cause or result in the loss of: Failure to reply to the advertisement lost her the job.
To cause to be destroyed. Usually used in the passive: Both planes were lost in the crash.
To cause to be damned.

v. intr.
To suffer loss.
To be defeated.
To operate or run slow. Used of a timepiece.


And the definition of "loose":

loose Pronunciation Key (ls)
adj. loos·er, loos·est
Not fastened, restrained, or contained: loose bricks.
Not taut, fixed, or rigid: a loose anchor line; a loose chair leg.
Free from confinement or imprisonment; unfettered: criminals loose in the neighborhood; dogs that are loose on the streets.
Not tight-fitting or tightly fitted: loose shoes.
Not bound, bundled, stapled, or gathered together: loose papers.
Not compact or dense in arrangement or structure: loose gravel.
Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; idle: loose talk.
Not formal; relaxed: a loose atmosphere at the club.
Lacking conventional moral restraint in sexual behavior.
Not literal or exact: a loose translation.
Characterized by a free movement of fluids in the body: a loose cough; loose bowels.

adv.
In a loose manner.

v. loosed, loos·ing, loos·es
v. tr.
To let loose; release: loosed the dogs.
To make loose; undo: loosed his belt.
To cast loose; detach: hikers loosing their packs at camp.
To let fly; discharge: loosed an arrow.
To release pressure or obligation from; absolve: loosed her from the responsibility.
To make less strict; relax: a leader's strong authority that was loosed by easy times.


See? That wasn't that hard. Some sentences for you:

"I always lose my keys."
"The horse broke loose of its reins."

I'm not singling anyone out here - just a quick grammatical refresher.


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Re: OT - Lose vs. Loose

Yup. Got your asbestos knickers? I think you're about to catch some flame.

I agree with you that there are a lot of grammarical and spelin errers on this bored. My peeve is the interchangeable use of the various "two"s. It slows down the reading, but at least the meaning is (almost) always clear. I'm just glad that the folks share the information.

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LOL! Glad someone spoke up! I am sure I have plenty of typing mistakes. But it does make me wonder how a person can have so much knowledge of certain subjects but can't distinguish between words in their native language. But maybe it's just their typing fingers trying to catch up to their brain and they are just making typos. Not that big of a deal though.

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There's a difference between typing mistakes (teh=the) and simple grammar. I'm not immune to mistakes - dig through my posts and you'll find plenty. It's just simple things like to/two/too and lose/loose and sight/site (another one - who has been to my websight?). These are skills taught in third grade! I'm sure everyone here at least completed elementary school.

BTW, which witch is which?

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Picky, picky, picky, I hate it when I give somebody a free beer and he says it's not his brand or gripes because it's 2° warmer than he likes his.

I'm not saying that grammar, spelling and punctuation should be ignored, but it should be somewhat forgiven when somebody has taken the time to give you some information. These posts are not edited for publication, just an exchange of information. So if someone gives you the benefit of his experience but misspells a word or uses the wrong verb tense, just ignore him, you'll be the loser (or is that looser, I never can remember). As I said in another post, my normal rate is $50/hr. I'll give away about any information that I have. If you want me to me to spend the time to make it ready for publication, pay the price.

If on the other hand, you are asking for information, recheck your spelling, grammar and punctuation so that the person who could provide the knowledge doesn't evaluate you, based on your spelling, as being incapable of using the answer anyway.

Remember, anything you get on this board is worth at least what you paid for it.

BTW - How can you use what you're boycotting, to boycott what you're using?



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You got free beer? I'm comin' over!

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr>

These posts are not edited for publication, just an exchange of information.

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So you think someone who uses a word out of context on this board will use the correct form when they're writing their resume, or a professional letter?

I'm just trying to help others - nothing else. I sure don't see how anyone could be "stupider" (is THAT a word???) for reading this thread!

I appreciate every single reply to my questions, even when those replys are misspelled or not phrased properly.

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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr>

So you think someone who uses a word out of context on this board will use the correct form when they're writing their resume, or a professional letter?

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I'd think most of them would check and double check a resume and maybe even ask someone else to blue pencil it for them.

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PS - The boycotting sigs stuff was becasue I was getting crap for having my mods in my sig. I love every modification to my Jeep - if I didn't, I wouldn't be using the parts!

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That's not an answer to why you use what you are boycotting to boycott what you are using. If you boycott something, that means you don't use it. Look it up.

What is becasue? Did you spell it that way on your resume? Physician, heal thyself!



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Be glad your not a programmer.....do you know how hard it is to use good english when you have to deal with text like:

if TecReg.ValueExists(REGLASTLOG) then // ver 1.5 and above
TmpDir := ReadIOPath(REGLASTLOG, strCURRENTLOG)
else
begin
OldReg := TRegIniFile.Create(ACCSREGROOT + '\' + REGIOPATH);
if OldReg.ValueExists(REGLASTLOG) then // ver 1.3 u3
TmpDir := OldReg.ReadString('', REGLASTLOG, '\ACCS\Data')
else
begin //compatibility with ver 1.3 u2 and older
OldReg.Free;
OldReg := TRegIniFile.Create('\Software\ACCS12');
TmpDir := OldReg.ReadString(REGIOPATH, REGLASTLOG, '\ACCS\Data')
end;
OldReg.Free;
end;

And you wonder why I can't spell or use good grammer? Even worse, I have to also write police reports and the Sgt. expects me to spell correctly....It gets kinda hard to catch your own mistakes at 2am in the morning.....one of my worse ones is "stopped", or is it "stoped"? Sea what I meen?

Now, who said "free beer"?

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Spelling is like manners. People rarely notice when you have them, but they stick out like a sore thumb when you don't [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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I'd think most of them would check and double check a resume and maybe even ask someone else to blue pencil it for them.

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I would hope so too!

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That's not an answer to why you use what you are boycotting to boycott what you are using. If you boycott something, that means you don't use it. Look it up.


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Someone doesn't understand sarcasm. Do you really think I don't know what boycott means?

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What is becasue? Did you spell it that way on your resume? Physician, heal thyself!

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Please refer to my earlier post. Did I not say that "we all make mistakes"? and that typos are an exception (teh=the)? Simple rules of English, AGAIN. Two/to/too. Their/they're/there. Lose/loose. Affect/effect.

Now where's the free beer? I'm thirsty.


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