Lose/Miss

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.

Example

What a terrible week!

Yesterday I lost my wallet.

And now I’ve missed my flight.

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Miss

Miss is a verb. Use miss:

  • with public transport
Examples:
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
Example:
I’ll miss you when you’re gone.
  • with planned or expected events that you cannot attend
Example:
They missed two days of school because they were sick.

Lose

Lose is also a verb. Use lose:

  • when you can’t find someone or something
Examples:
Yesterday I lost my wallet.
I think I’ve lost my passport!
  • with games and competitions to mean the opposite of win
Example:
Manchester City lost the match against Liverpool.
  • when you have less of something, or don’t have something anymore
Example:
He has lost weight since Christmas.

See also: Lose/Loose