LOSE: (verb) to misplace or not win
Example: If you lose your keys, you might have to call a locksmith.
LOOSE: (adjective) to not be tight; (verb) to release
Example: The boy’s pants were too loose and wouldn’t stay up.
Example: The hunters set the hounds loose on the fox.
PRECEDE: to come before
Example: Revisions to the rough draft of a manuscript precede the final draft.
PROCEED: to go forward
Example: Jonathan proceeded through the hallway.
PRINCIPAL: (adjective) most important; (noun) a person who has authority
Example: The principal ingredient in peanut butter cookies is peanut butter.
Example: A student who doesn’t follow rules might be sent to the principal’s office.
PRINCIPLE: a general or fundamental truth
Example: Majority rule is a basic principle of democracy.
STATIONARY: standing still
Example: The driver was at fault for the accident because he hit a stationary object.
STATIONERY: writing paper
Example: Some writers prefer writing on stationery with lines, while others prefer unlined paper.