What’s the difference between lose and miss?
Lose and miss are not the same, but many people confuse these two verbs in English. Keep reading for a detailed explanation of the difference between lose and miss, then test yourself in the free interactive exercises.
What a terrible week!
Yesterday I lost my wallet.
And now I’ve missed my flight.
Miss is a verb. Use miss:
- with public transport
- And now I’ve missed my flight.
- You’re going to miss the train!
- when you feel sad because someone or something is not there
- I’ll miss you when you’re gone.
- with planned or expected events that you cannot attend
- They missed two days of school because they were sick.
Lose is also a verb. Use lose:
- when you can’t find someone or something
- Yesterday I lost my wallet.
- I think I’ve lost my passport!
- with games and competitions to mean the opposite of win
- Manchester City lost the match against Liverpool.
- when you have less of something, or don’t have something anymore
- He has lost weight since Christmas.
See also: Lose/Loose