The word ‘lose’ can mean many different things. As a verb, it means no longer having something/someone, less than before, get rid of or be defeated.
- I’ve lost my car keys, have you seen them? (means no longer having something/someone)
- I’ve lost 2 kilos this ,month. (less than before)
- Lose the attitude, or you’ll be washing your own clothes. (get rid of)
- United lost the game 3-0. (be defeated)
Lose is an irregular verb. The past tense and the past participle is lost. I’ll give you an example sentence of each tense:
- My mother is losing her marbles. (present)
- The business lost £300,000 last year. (past simple)
- I have lost 3 family members this month. (past participle)
HOT TIP: Lose is pronounced like ‘luz’ with a voiced ‘s’. It’s often confused with the word loose. Loose is an adjective and it rhymes with goose.