lose / miss

Use lose with objects (when you don’t know where they are) or with sports games (the opposite of “win”):

  • I’ve lost my calculator. Can I borrow yours?
  • My favorite soccer team lost 3-0 in the semifinal.

    When YOU don’t know where you are, you are lost or have gotten lost:

  • I took the wrong train and got lost in the city center.
  • Whenever I’m lost, I ask someone for directions.

    Use miss when you are late and you don’t get some transportation (flights, trains, buses, etc.) or when you don’t experience an event or opportunity:

  • I got to the airport late and missed my flight. lost my flight
  • You missed a great class yesterday! lost a great class

    We also use miss to talk about feeling sad when we don’t see someone, or feeling sad because of a thing or experience we don’t have anymore:

  • My brother moved to Australia last year. I really miss him!
  • I’m glad I moved to my own place, but I do miss my mom’s delicious cooking.
  • I miss playing volleyball – I used to play a lot when I was a teenager, and now

    I rarely have the chance.