Don’t use “miss” to talk about a situation where you forget something

The Mistake: Some English speakers in China often use the verb “miss” to talk about a situation where we forget something:

  • When I got home, I realized that I had missed my bag at the supermarket.
  • Peter missed her purse on the bus yesterday.

    Do not use “miss” to describe situations when you forget or lose something.

The Correction: Speak correctly and with confidence by using the verb “leave” when you mention the place where you left something:

  • When I got home, I realized that I had left my bag at the hotel.
  • Preetha left her purse at home yesterday.

 Use the verb “forget” when you know where you left something, but don’t mention the specific place:

  • When I got home, I realized that I had forgotten my bag.
  • Preetha forgot her purse yesterday.

Use the verb “lose” when you don’t know the specific place:

  • When I got home, I realized that I had lost my bag.
  • Preetha lost her purse yesterday.

Use the verb “miss” to describe an event or an opportunity that you are not able not participate in:

  • missed my train this morning.
  • Preetha is sick and will miss the team meeting.

 

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