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    Re: Come loose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I recently learned what 'come off' means and came across 'come loose' but couldn't find a lot about it on the internet. Since 'come off' means to detach from/ fall off/ or drop off something, naturally 'come loose' should mean 'to become loose.'

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    Are the following sentences correct:

    1) "I think one of the wheels is coming loose." - Can I say this while driving my car?

    If it came loose, you wouldn't think, you'd know. Believe me. I've done it.


    I'm not sure about this since 'came' is in past tense.

    2) "Hold the baby. My belt is coming loose." - Can I use continuous tense like this?

    You can if you put a comma after baby, but I'd make it two sentences.
    If it comes off, it's because it came loose. If it's coming loose, it hasn't come off yet.

    Good question!
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    #12

    Re: Come loose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/5d1eab3...d-bbfc8918e035

    This is actually what I wanted to write but I figured it wouldn't make sense. It's the Simpsons after all
    So I just replaced 'rope' with 'belt.'
    Well, if it's the Simpsons, the rules of nature and science do not apply. The belt can drop off. However, here it came undone rather than dropping off.

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    #13

    Re: Come loose.

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    I was working out at the gym and noticed that a bolt came loose. I said to one of the staff:
    "Excuse me I think a bolt on the legs machine has come loose."

    Is the sentence correct?

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    #14

    Re: Come loose.

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    I was working out at the gym and noticed that a bolt came loose. I said to one of the staff:
    "Excuse me I think a bolt on the legs machine has come loose."

    Is the sentence correct?
    Almost. It's two sentences as written (or should be anyway); inserting a conjunction could make it a grammatical single sentence.
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    #15

    Re: Come loose.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Almost. It's two sentences as written (or should be anyway); inserting a conjunction could make it a grammatical single sentence.
    I see. So it should be "Excuse me; I think a bolt on the legs machine has come loose."

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    #16

    Re: Come loose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I see. So it should be "Excuse me. I think a bolt on the legs machine has come loose."
    I'd use a period. A comma would be okay, too. There's no reason to use a semicolon.
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