Writing Prompt ~ Lose, Loose, Loss

Writing Prompt

Writing Prompt: The similar-looking words “lose”, “loose”, and “loss” are often confused. It is important to keep these words straight because they are pronounced and spelled differently, and they have different meanings and word forms. The word “lose” is a verb. Don’t lose your money (rhymes with blues). The word “loose” is an adjective (rhymes with goose). My belt is too loose. Some people remember the difference with the saying, “Lose has lost an o”. The word “loss” is a noun. Sunday’s game was a big loss for our team. Review the differences between lose and loose. Then demonstrate your understanding by writing a paragraph that contains examples of “lose”, “loose”, and “loss”.


It was a sad day when Nelson Mandela died. People around the world mourned this great loss. Mandela lost many years of his life while he was behind bars, but he did not lose sight of his hopes for his people. Mandela would not want people to lose sleep over his passing. He once said, “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” Let’s not lose sight of Nelson Mandela’s vision for humanity. Even though we have lost a great man, we must not forget how he lived his life when he was finally let loose from prison after 27 years. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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