Use: “I want to lose weight.”

Do not use: “I want to lose my weight.”

Use: “I lost weight.”

Do not use: “I lost my weight.”

Treat “gained weight” in the same way. 

Say:  “I gained weight”

Do not say: “I gained my weight.”

Since talking about your health is a good way to approach a lot of the TOEFL independent essay questions, I see the above error quite a lot. 

I totally understand the error, as we do say things like “I lost my hair” and “I hurt my back.” Just remember that “weight” is not a body part!

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