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Confusing Words: MISS or LOSE?

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http://www.engvid.com/ Do you know the difference between 'miss' and 'lose'? These two words are very similar, but we use them differently in English. Do you say 'I lost the bus' or 'I missed the bus'? Did you 'lose your keys' or 'miss your keys'? Don't miss this English lesson! I'll teach you when to use these words, so you can avoid making mistakes with these confusing English words. Once you know the difference, take the quiz to make sure you understand the correct usage! http://www.engvid.com/confusing-words-miss-or-lose/ TRANSCRIPT Trilling and singing. This is for a Tthan Lann from Vietnam who said, "Please don't sing anymore." I just did. Sing, sing, sing. Hi, Tthan. Anyways. Sorry. I don't want to lose this opportunity with you guys. I was lucky; I didn't miss this movie by Chris Evans. Captain America. Great film. Great film. Yeah. I want to do a lesson with you today about "miss" and "loss". You noticed I used two examples when I said, "I don't want to lose time with you", and "I don't want to miss -- or I didn't miss movie." Why? Because many students make a common mistake of using "miss" and "loss". They might say something like, "I lose my bus today. That is why I'm late." I can't understand why they would say that because in English, "miss" and "loss" mean something similar. It means -- Hey, Mr. E. How are you -- you don't have something. Right? You don't have something. But they come at it from different angles. When I lose something, it means I have less. See? I have less of it, or there's a reduce. Okay? But when I miss something, I don't hit, or I don't connect. The target is here -- "target" is where you're aiming or what you want to hit -- but we move, or we miss, so we do not hit the target. We should go here, but we go here. "You miss." Okay? So there's not a hitting or a connection. So that's the basic lesson we're going to do today. Loss -- oh, sorry. "Lose" and "miss", what are the differences? How are they the same? So you can speak like a native speaker. Are you ready? Let's go to the board. All right. Now, I've talked about basically what they mean. "Miss" means to not hit something, right? Or not make a connection to something. Well, when you lose something, it means you can't find it, it's missing, or there's a reduction. But there's another difference as well. Let's talk about the grammar. We use them differently grammatically. And we're going to work on this now. "Lose." "Lose" is an irregular verb. What that means is it doesn't follow the standard order or the usual way we do things. Add an S -- right? "Lose, loses" -- to the present tense -- ING or ED. It's an irregular verb. So when we talk about the past -- okay? So "lose", the base form, lose is -- oops. Sorry. Before I lose my mind. I think I lost my mind here. "Lose" is as in, "He loses everything." "Lose" -- base form. "Losing" -- when you're in the middle of; present continuous. But the past form is "lost". We change it. It makes it irregular. Okay? Now, that's the verb form when we use it -- the action. But when we talk about noun, we change this word "lose" to "loss". Okay? Notice the E becomes an S. They're similar in that something you cannot find or do not have anymore. Here's an example of using "loss". "His death was a loss to the company." Notice we use an article to tell you this is a noun. Okay? And he is no longer here. Remember, I said there's a reduction or less of something? So that's what we have with "loss" when we use it as a noun. Now, we're going to go over to "miss", and we're going to look at the grammar for that. Mr. E is a little confused, but should be finished by now. Okay? Ready? "Miss" -- it's a regular verb. So "miss", "misses" -- right? So you've got "misses", m-i-s-s-e-s, like "Mississippi", double S here, right? "Missing" and "missed". No problem there. As a noun, unlike "lose", it keeps the same form. So it can be a bit confusing for people because they say "miss" and "miss", and they think, "Oh, noun or verb?" Well, actually, it's easy. We go here. "The new TV program will be a hit or miss." Once again, we've got an article to tell us, so you don't have to worry, really. You just look for the article with this. It's a noun. Or verb; miss watching or miss going, or miss the -- the usual verb endings, and you know it's a verb. Cool? All right. So we're going to take a second. And magically, I'm going to come back. What's going to happen is we're going to look at the combined differences between "miss" and "loss", and I'm going to clear up that confusion. Ready? Hey. Did you miss me? I'm back. All right. So the board is changed, and we have to continue our lesson. So we talked about not making a connection when we talked about missing. And then, with "loss", we talked about reduction. Right? So let's go to the board over here. We've got our "lost" over here -- okay? Oh, sorry. "Lose." And we've got over here -- what do we have? We have "miss". Okay?
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Treesa varghese (9 days ago)
Thanks a lot
Plants Cosmic (21 days ago)
Hi, teacher!!! Let's talk about the phrase "I lost my train of thought". I know it is an idiom but it doesn't follow the rule. In this case you can find the verb lose and some kind of transportation. English is crazy. Isn't it?
samir sapariya (1 month ago)
I miss my exam ! I lose my exam ! or I lose in my .......exam ! which one is correct ???
Rafael Ortega (2 months ago)
Thanks so much, i will never lose the bus again ,now i miss it ,seriusly great class ,congratulation!!!
Youssef Radwan (3 months ago)
You are great as a teacher and so funny as human being :D I love your attitude
noura benzaide (3 months ago)
I will not miss one lesson of yours (trying to make an example :))
JLINA (4 months ago)
Thank you so much T.James 💛.
Sandra Ramirez (5 months ago)
I like how you speak and explain. You are very nice and I'm happy because I understanded you a lot. Thank you very much.
Marcelo Santana (6 months ago)
is very good teacher
MONIM HOQ (6 months ago)
Thanks for the help
Mylene Tanon (8 months ago)
I like you po
Zakari Iraillen (10 months ago)
Hi James ! I started to watch your videos just a couple of months ago, I am learning a lot from you, thanks. I just want to give you a piece of information about to why some students confuse miss with lose, I was working in Austria about fifteen years ago and one day my Romanian collegue came to work late in the morning and when the boss asked him (in Gerrman) why is he late, he said "I lost the tramway" she started to laugh telling him you may lose your wallet but a whole tramway, wow !!! I smiled but didn't laugh and was wondering why did he say that and the answer is because he made a litteraly translation from the Romanian langage into German and in his native langage they say I lost the tramway or the bus... but not I missed the bus.
TheBhizz (10 months ago)
What a great way of explaining lose and miss. Thanx and i hope i dont lose this new learning hahaha. Did i get it right?
Lucy Brand (10 months ago)
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Volodumur Stanko (10 months ago)
I'm loosing control😶
Salmoon Randhawa (11 months ago)
It was not that good
Fernanda Salas (1 year ago)
Really nice video
gjrp 57ee (1 year ago)
Thank you for your lessons. Sing whenever you feel like it.
Learn with Lewis (1 year ago)
Great explanation James :)
Alisson montes (1 year ago)
Great explanation, Teacher! Thank you very much!
Ajit Kumar (1 year ago)
thankyou sir for great lesson
Njouod Mohamad (1 year ago)
Belize I want a translation into Arabic
Una Forsyth (1 year ago)
I hope you have an alternate means of earning a living cos you sure ain't an English teacher.
Rodolfo Gonçalves (1 year ago)
Thank you for the great lesson
Iván Ooze (1 year ago)
I missed the control of my bicycle or I lost the control of my bicycle??
Yan Vast (1 year ago)
This teacher dont answeer the questions
Reo Yoshizuki (1 year ago)
Great lessons, teacher James. I want to ask you something related with this video. You say Lose is lossing things, even our lives, but why it´s not the same rule for people. I´ve seen on TV programs like someone´s get lost and appears in milk boxes as: Missing, have you seen him/her? So, you can´t say I´ve lost my dog but I missed my dog. Why is that? Thank you for everything you have done for us.
rodolfo santos (7 months ago)
Reo Yoshizuki r
i am the nothing (1 year ago)
i am the nothing (1 year ago)
don sin anymore ?
rodolfo santos (7 months ago)
you didn't count on my cunning
rodolfo santos (7 months ago)
you didn't count on my cunning de
Stefany Santos (1 year ago)
I don´t miss your classes so I subscribed your channel. Love from Portugal
Maryam Fathimiy (1 year ago)
how about the word "gone" ? is that has the similar meaning with the lose and miss?
Кто-то (1 year ago)
Maryam Fathimiy ты кретин. go-went-gone.
Juma Kabela (1 year ago)
thank you for your help ...love your accent
ahmed craft (1 year ago)
مطبخ ام وليد
Việt Anh Trịnh (1 year ago)
a lot Vietnamese what your videos bro .
Việt Anh Trịnh (1 year ago)
yeah, kinda serious
Кто-то (1 year ago)
Việt Anh Trịnh Bro? Are u seriosly?
Andre Transdutor (1 year ago)
Is correct to say: "i don´t want to lose my time"?
Reo Yoshizuki (1 year ago)
Creo que te refieres a perder el tiempo como en No quiero gastar, perder, desperdiciar mi tiempo. Entonces sería: I don´t want to waste my time.
Mai Le (1 year ago)
thanks for your lesson, it's very useful. Your lesson help me understand more about ''Lose'' and ''miss''. before I got confused between the two a lot. But after watching your video I really understand the differences between them and now I can use them appropriately. you are a great teacher. God bless you
Jose Veiga (1 year ago)
thanks James...very good
Namnguyen Nam (2 years ago)
thanks jams, may I ask you "what s mean of return word"
Átila Colin (2 years ago)
Thank you! i´m Brazil and you is help more
Mao Boga (2 years ago)
great! class
mark' S (2 years ago)
poor Mr.E got fired, he's too good for that job anyways
Nguyễn An Phú (2 years ago)
i heard that whenever the end the lesson you say "chao" isn't it ?the sound like Vietnam language....
47cybele59 (1 year ago)
More precisely he said CIAO, an italian word, as Carlos Arajo told you, in fact it's a contraction of 'vostro schiavo" = i'm our slave, an old fashion expression to salute people in an elegant way ; and as said Carlos, in Italy it's used to say hello but also to say goodbye. Also used in France, Spain, Germany, Brasil, Portugal, etc.
Carlos Araujo (1 year ago)
He said 'ciao'. It's an italian word which can means either 'hello' or 'good bye'. It's very common in England.
Tiago Pimentel (2 years ago)
+Nguyễn An Phú you're welcome!
Nguyễn An Phú (2 years ago)
+Tiago Pimentel oh,thanks a lot ,now i know more word .
Tiago Pimentel (2 years ago)
+Nguyễn An Phú Here in Brasil "tchau" means "good bye".
its_marbaby raw (2 years ago)
this is dump and I must say that🙆😂😂😂
Thanks James! I am learning a lot of things with your lessons.
Thania De Batista (2 years ago)
Excellent explanation! Thank you! =)
Raul Morel (2 years ago)
i miss two classes i fail two classes. what phrase i need to use? i mean two classe that i couldn't assist.
Learn with Lewis (1 year ago)
Raul Morel If you miss two classes it means not to go to them. If you fail two classes it means not to pass them. You can go to the classes but still fail them.
Victor S (2 years ago)
+Raul Morel If you wanna talk in past.. You gotta say I missed two classes.. If you wanna talk in future.. just say .. I will miss two classes luck, homboy!!
Iris Jimenez (2 years ago)
you're the best James God bless you thanks
Paula saccardo (2 years ago)
I am Brazilian, I am studying English. I understood Miss x Lost . Thanks a Lot
Marcelo Penninck (2 years ago)
Thanks. You are great teacher.
Braden Z (2 years ago)
(Clear) sb is lost ?= sb is missed ( can they mean the same thing or the latter just says one is missing the sb)
Mildred Cabrera (2 years ago)
Hellooo cowboy you are the best!!! X
Brittany Mejia (2 years ago)
Thanks for the information! C;
J Aurelio (2 years ago)
Everybody loves you, James! Go James! Haha...
joel canul (2 years ago)
Thanks a lot teacher, you´re the best at it. Cheers From Mexico
Imi Bella (2 years ago)
love u love u love u
Laila Fouad (2 years ago)
I lost my husband!!
Nguyễn Doanh Đông (2 years ago)
@Jame: you won't lose me :D P/s: Thank you!
ZACCARO Custom Things (2 years ago)
James, great explanation. Congrats. L.ZACCARO
Carolina Gimenez (2 years ago)
Hello! You are a very good teacher. Thank you for help us with your great jop! I'm student and I have a question. it's correct say: I lost my progress on game or I missed my progress in the game? Please help me! Thank you so much!
Lance Porter (2 years ago)
that was very helpful to me watching this video.
Paola Chavez (2 years ago)
I love you😊
Kaoss Comkaoss (2 years ago)
you're really great thanks for all your videos.
Trần Minh (2 years ago)
Than Lann From Viet Nam ???
Nguyễn Doanh Đông (2 years ago)
+Trần Minh (Minacoustic) Với cả có cờ Việt Nam mà :)
Trần Minh (2 years ago)
Thì ra là thế :D Cảm ơn ạ :D
Nguyễn Doanh Đông (2 years ago)
+Trần Minh (Minacoustic) Thann Lann = Thằn Lằn = Lizard.
pananerhtoo mjc (2 years ago)
I miss some words you said because I couldn't understand all of them. Anyway thank you.
Ruchita Jain (2 years ago)
I missed my keys at friends place... is it right???
Кто-то (1 year ago)
Ruchita Jain у тебя вышло: я упустила свои ключи в месте друзей.
Rain Whispers (2 years ago)
Hi ,Rutchita :) The correct sentence is ( I lost my keys at my friend's home / or any other place ;) Best regards :)
Marina Silveyra (3 years ago)
I love your videos!! Could you make another one about the differences between speak, talk and tell? It'd be as useful as this one! Thank you very much for all the knowledge you share with us jajaja
emilio reyes (3 years ago)
wow.... How I didn't watch this channel before... I'm a Spanish speaker and I like the way you explain English.... very helpful thanks dude...
Thanks James.
jo klung-ut (3 years ago)
Hi guy who want to practice English via facebook and chat English.Yes i learn  English too.And need some friend to talk English   just at friend here jo gonzalez thank.
Pham Steven (3 years ago)
+Tutorials for pc games : sure. Your FB id ?
Jhiayie lim (3 years ago)
you spoke too fast ,,, sorry 
thank you james
Jason N (3 years ago)
Thank you !this vid is so good
iondoncev (3 years ago)
MAMBO NUMBER 5 ....................)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
shehnaz khuhro (3 years ago)
i think you are very great teacher
Alejandro Motta (3 years ago)
This is really awesome! I'am afraid I will become a fan of this channel! 
outplayme (3 years ago)
You forget to explain another meaning of the word "miss" is something like "be bored to smb"
Alan Miranda (2 years ago)
ooo right! i miss you! thank you:)
outplayme (2 years ago)
+Alan Miranda like you didnt see your friend for a long time, and want to see him and give him a hug :D
Alan Miranda (2 years ago)
bored to what? 😂
Everton Douglas (3 years ago)
nice video! i can speak english very well! thanks!
Damian chorążyk (3 years ago)
i won't miss your next video :D
Jacqueline Arce (3 years ago)
I like your videos, your classes are easy to understand, I hope I improve my english skills with you James. Thanks.
Jason Joe (3 years ago)
Good teacher
Gabriel PLUR (3 years ago)
yeah , i'll not miss u lessons XD 
Gus Lpz (3 years ago)
Hola gaby como estas amiguito se te quiere cuidate mucho bss
HOMASTI BOOKS (3 years ago)
Thank you so much! You are brilliant! 
Joshua de jesus (3 years ago)
When you are missing work is when you are not attending righ
Ricardo Palacios (3 years ago)
English for chemistry engineers!!! Please!
Javier Meneses (3 years ago)
Al principio de la clase (15 segundos), el profesor James se EQUIVOCO porque dijo: “I don't want to LOSE this opportunity with you guys” en vez de decir ““I don't want to MISS this opportunity with you guys”
BRIAN CAMARGO (3 years ago)
James your funny and a good teacher. nice lesson. Thank for teaching me. Greetings from Peru.
Yung Ashley (3 years ago)
It is easy to understand, thank you for the sharing. Big help
Khoot Jenkins (3 years ago)
i gotta say, i'm kinda "lost"... how is that worm running to the bus while "missing" the legs?
Oscar Dorantes (3 years ago)
Useful as ever
Pars FC (3 years ago)
Really helpful. Thnxxxx so much 👍👍👍
soelwinlwin Eindu (3 years ago)
Thank you sir
soelwinlwin Eindu (3 years ago)
Thank you sir
Vadym (3 years ago)
Great lesson
AL (3 years ago)
This is surprising
fckckckck (3 years ago)
HI! Can someone answer me? Thank you very much! What is well said: ''thanks for come'', or ''thanks for coming''? I think it's the second one, but I'm not sure, and I need to know that because I don't and it's really used. Thank you!
Thanh Bui (3 years ago)
For + V_ing
fckckckck (3 years ago)
ok thank you both ;)
after prepositions verbs get the ING structure :) 
Gornbo (3 years ago)
Raquel Riberti (3 years ago)
Juliana Lino
N3Xii (3 years ago)
I have found that those who do really well at English tend to struggle with mathematics,  and vice versa. 
Patricia Bahamonde (3 years ago)
Great lesson as usual.....many thanks for clarify the terms
james add (3 years ago)
now i confusing about the meaning of the sentences that given by james zzz
raul contreras (3 years ago)
I just love this channel I hope never gone because it´s one of my favorites above all this teacher He's just one of the best 
Omar AL zhrani (3 years ago)
You are like James bond

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