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RED FLAGS FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS
Miss, Lose, Waste / PERDER
perder, echar de menos, echar a perder (desperdiciar)

 

 

Miss = time

Lose = object


I miss my mother (I miss the time I spend with my mother)

I missed the train (I missed the time the train left)

You missed an opportunity (you missed the window of time in which the opportunity presented itself)

The concert will be great, don’t miss it! (the concert is a calendar event)

The clue was in the first scene of the show, did you miss it? (referring to the brevity of time in which the clue was apparent)

I miss our conversations.

What do you miss the most from your childhood?

 

Miss = time

Lose = object

 

Here's your ticket for the concert. Don't lose it!

I lost my keys. Have you seen them?

I lost my appetite after seeing that documentary about farm animals.

Get lost, asshole!

I think we’re lost. Why don’t we ask for directions?

Do you know the song “Losing My Religion,” by REM?

We’re winning a lot of battles, but losing the war.

Let’s make a bet. The loser buys the other a beer.

 


Waste = desperdiciar

 

Don’t waste your time talking to him. He’s not going to change his mind.

I spent the whole day inside, what a waste of a beautiful afternoon!

America wastes more food than any other country in the world.

The meeting could have been productive if the organizers had been prepared, but instead it was a wasted opportunity.