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    Tight and loose

    "I want to tighten it" or "I want to make it tight". "I tightened it". "Did you tighten it"

    "I want to loosen it" or "to make it loose". "I loosened it". "Did you loosen it"(can we also say loose it but I think it has different meaning). Are these correct?

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    Re: Tight and loose

    All correct.

    "Loose it" does indeed have a different meaning (e.g. "he loosed an arrow",) but that is very old-fashioned. Those who enjoy reading Shakespeare or historical fiction would probably know that meaning, but many people today would not.

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    Re: Tight and loose

    "en" is a suffix added to some adjectives e.g. tight, loose, fat, sick... to form a verb. British English does not accept "loose it". Don't be confused with the verb "lose".

    see http://grammar.about.com/od/words/a/comsuffixes.htm

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