LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||09/FEV/2006 1:15 PM|
|Assunto:||Lose / Loose - Spelling "pró-memória"|
Thank you for your reply. Does the mnemonic help also? It is supposed to reinforce the idea of looseness versus tightness and to teach a few phrases in English in the meantime.
We often use "tight" when referring to a close race, a "tight race." Also, "hang loose" is a little out of date, but it means "take it easy, don't sweat it," so another form of the "lax" connotation.
This little mnemonic is supposed to be memorized to reinforce the idea when, say months from now, you are trying to remember which is loose and which is tight. Do you think that is something you would do, or be able to teach to any of your students who confuse these two words, if you are a teacher?
Let me know. Thanks again for your comments :)
Maybe it's not the best, but I'll repeat it here for reference:
"Don't lose the race, it's a tight one.
And hang loose with that other, the wide one."
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