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    A biker was close to falling off his bike and he says, "I almost lost it back there." What does that mean? What does this "it" refer to? Thank you very much in advance.

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    Hi,

    It refers to the bike he almost lost.
    Also notice the difference beween lose and loose, which is confused by a lot of people, even native speakers.

    Regards, Kon

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    No, "lost it" is a common expression with a lot of meanings.

    In this case, he simply means he almost fell.

    If you lose your temper, you can say "I really lost it when she told me she'd backed the car into the garage again."

    If your coworker is behaving in a very strange way, you can say "I think Mary's loosing it!"

    If you are carrying something heavy or precarious and you stumble, you can say "I almost lost it back there."

    He doesn't mean he nearly lost the bike itself.

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    Default Re: lose it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    If your coworker is behaving in a very strange way, you can say "I think Mary's loosing it!"
    You'd be more likely to say "I think Mary's losing it!" But otherwise I agree.

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    You can think of "it" as meaning "control" - of self, of temper, of bike ...of <whatever>.

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    Whoopsie! Loosing, losing... :)

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    Thank you very much guys. That was really helpful.

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