A couple more confused English word sets

Here’s a bit of useful information – some of the less common English language confusions:

Lose and Loose: spelled and pronounced differently, but we still often don’t use them correctly. Lose (verb) means “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.” We don’t usually lose car keys, for example, but merely misplace them. We can lose a job, however, and unfortunately a good many other things. It entered English usage before 900 from the Middle English losen. Loose (adjective or verb), on the other hand, means “to free or released from fastening or attachment.” Coming into the English language between 1175–and 1225, it is from Middle English los, loos from the Old Norse lauss loose, free, empty.

Resign and Re-sign: again sometimes confused, Resign (verb) means “to give up an office or position, often formally (often followed by from)”, coming into English 1325–75 from the Middle English resignen (from Middle French resigner and the Latin resignāre to open, release, cancel. Re-sign (verb) means to “sign again” (such as ‘my first signature was faint, so I re-signed the cheque’). First recorded in 1795–1805.

More to come! Please see our website at http://www.GreentreeCommunications.ca and let us know how we can help you with your English issues!

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