Lose weight or lose my weight?2016.04.06
One Point Lesson: Misused Expressions / Phrases
Lose weight or Lose my weight?
One of the common errors that non-native English speakers commit is the use of the phrase “to lose weight”.
Correct: “I wanna lose weight this year.” (This means that you want to weigh lesser than your actual weight or body mass.)
Wrong: “I wanna lose my weight this year.” (This means that you want to weigh 0 kilograms. You cannot lose your weight. Weight is a constant matter. If you lose it, you will be weightless, which is impossible.)
Please look at the sample expressions below:
“ Hey, you’re getting fat. I recommend you to exercise daily so that you can lose weight.”
“Losing weight has been my resolution for the past years. Unfortunately, I couldn’t realize it.”
“ My friend had lost weight after a few months of regular running and swimming.”
“ I lost weight for about 25 pounds when I started being aware of my diet.”