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    Come loose.

    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.'

    Are the following sentences correct:

    1) "I think one of the wheels came loose." - Can I say this while driving my car? 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?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Sep-2020 at 09:48. Reason: Adding line breaks for claroty.

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    #2

    Re: Come loose.

    Possibly, but neither seems very natural to me. A tap/faucet may come loose.

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    #3

    Re: Come loose.

    "Come loose" works for me in the two sample sentences.
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    #4

    Re: Come loose.

    There is some ambiguity in "come loose." It can simply mean that it is not tight or it can mean that it is so loose that it has detached itself.

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    Re: Come loose.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    There is some ambiguity in "come loose." It can simply mean that it is not tight or it can mean that it is so loose that it has detached itself.
    With the continuous, it's getting looser. With the past simple, it became loose. I agree about the ambiguity: we don't know whether it came off or not.
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    Re: Come loose.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    With the continuous, it's getting looser. With the past simple, it became loose. I agree about the ambiguity: we don't know whether it came off or not.

    1) "I think one of the wheels came loose."


    2) "Hold the baby my belt is coming loose."

    So 1 means that one of the tires has already come loose. And 2 means that it's in the process of coming loose maybe it'll if someone doesn't hold the baby and let me tighten it.

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    Re: Come loose.

    Do belts drop off naturally?

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    #8

    Re: Come loose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Do belts drop off naturally?
    Not usually.
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    #9

    Re: Come loose.

    That might be an issue with the second sentence.

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    Re: Come loose.

    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.'

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