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    #1

    loose or lose

    If you are hungry, what do you do? Grab a piece of your favorite meal and stay quiet after that? Just like your stomach, even your mind is hungry. But it never lets you know, because you keep it busy thinking about your dream lover, favorite star and many such absurd things. So it silently began to heed to your needs and never let itself grow. When mind ____ its freedom to grow, creativity gets a full stop.
    A. looses B. loses

    Which one is better? WHY?

    What does the author intend to tell us?
    A. Man needs great creativity.
    B. We occupy our mind with our needs.

    Can you help me out?

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    #2

    Re: loose or lose

    If you look in a dictionary you see that "lose" and "loose" have two different definitions.

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    Re: loose or lose

    There are many things in this paragraph that are weird. Is that an exact copy? I can't imagine a native speaker writing "grab a piece of your favorite meal," for example.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: loose or lose

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There are many things in this paragraph that are weird. Is that an exact copy? I can't imagine a native speaker writing "grab a piece of your favorite meal," for example.
    Or "When mind looses/loses..."

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    Re: loose or lose

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    If you are hungry, what do you do? Grab a piece of your favorite meal and stay quiet after that? Just like your stomach, even your mind is hungry. But it never lets you know, because you keep it busy thinking about your dream lover, favorite star and many such absurd things. So it silently began to heed to your needs and never let itself grow. When mind ____ its freedom to grow, creativity gets a full stop.
    A. looses B. loses
    I have marked all the points in this piece which are either completely incorrect English, or sound very unnatural. I would be confident in saying that it wasn't written by a native speaker.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: loose or lose

    And as such, trying to say what the writer intended to say is a bit of a challenge. Neither of the choices you gave us work.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: loose or lose

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have marked all the points in this piece which are either completely incorrect English, or sound very unnatural. I would be confident in saying that it wasn't written by a native speaker.
    And they apparently don't know what 'absurd' means.

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    Re: loose or lose

    Mind you, wasting your time thinking about your dream lover or favourite star instead of something important is rather absurd!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: loose or lose

    Thank you all for your help!
    It's a pity that I have no guaranteed source of authentic English, but I have to face these dodgy passages in everyday work. That's why I often turn to you for confirmation.
    In this case, I just want to confirm whether a native will say his mind looses the freedom. If so, does it mean he lets the freedom run freely.

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    #10

    Re: loose or lose

    No, "loses" is the proper word. Freedom is often "lost." I can't think of a sentence where freedom would be "loosed."

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