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Conversational structures with let

Posted By Manjusha, Filed in English Speaking

Let can be used to introduce suggestions and orders. We can use let us to make suggestions to a group that includes the speaker. Note that let is followed by object + infinitive without to.

  • Let us go. (Formal) (Let + object + infinitive without to)
  • Letís go. (Informal)
  • Let us go for a walk. (Formal) (Let + object + infinitive without to)
  • Letís go for a walk. (Informal)
  • Let us pray. (Let + object + infinitive without to)

The structure let + object + have + noun is also possible.

  • Let us have a drink. (Formal) (Let + object + have + noun)
  • Letís have a drink. (Informal)
  • Let us have a chat. (Let + object + have + noun)
Giving instructions to oneself

Let me is used to give instructions to oneself. The expressions Let me see and Let me think are very common.

  • Let me just finish my homework and I will play with you.
Giving instructions to a third person

Let can also introduce a suggestion or order for someone or something else, not the speaker or hearer.

  • ĎYour boyfriend is going out with another girl.í ĎLet him. I donít care.í
Grammar notes

Shall we? is used as a question tag. Letís is used as a short answer.

  • ĎLetís go for a walk, shall we?í ĎYes, letís.í

There are two possible negatives, with let us not (letís not) and do not let us (donít let us).

  • Let us not despair. OR Do not let us despair.
  • Let us not forget those who came before us. OR Do not let us forget those who came before us.


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