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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:11 pm Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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What's the subject of "let"? Is it "I"?

Let's go out tonight.

What is the thinking behind using "let" here?

Lets you and him make peace.
Lets you go before me and see what mappens.

(Midwestern American use.)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:31 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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Bridget wrote:
What's the subject of "let"? Is it "I"?

Let's go out tonight.

What is the thinking behind using "let" here?

Lets you and him make peace.
Lets you go before me and see what happens.

(Midwestern American use.)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:30 am Reply with quote
RabiAkiva
 
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>tentative<
Could it be that 'let' her is not an inflicted verb and is actually used as an inifinitive?
To let us go...

Or as a subjunctive, if there is such a form in English

Let! Let us go ...
Let go of that ball
Let that situation pass by
Let him in
>/tentative<

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:07 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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Quote:
Could it be that 'let' her is not an inflicted verb and is actually used as an inifinitive?
To let us go...


Did you mean "inflected", there? Wink
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Re: let
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:41 pm Reply with quote
Eileen Ann
 
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Bridget wrote:
What's the subject of "let"? Is it "I"?

Let's go out tonight.

What is the thinking behind using "let" here?

Lets you and him make peace.
Lets you go before me and see what mappens.

(Midwestern American use.)


The main verb is "To let" and Let's means "Let us" abbreviated.

It is old English as in placing the verb (as subject) before the object (us).

So Let's make peace is ok (Let us make peace)
but
Let you and him make peace
Let us let you go before me

Let's you and him make peace is colloquial still, but more correct than Lets you and him make peace because the apostrophe signifies the missing word (us). But if you add it, along with the required verb it gets cumbersome: Let us let/have you and him make peace (literally).


Let's go and play outside (Let us go and play outside) correct

Let's (let/have) you and him make peace (missing verb)
Let us let/have you and him make peace (correct)

Let's (let/have) you go before me and see what happens (missing verb)
Let us let/have you go before me and see what happens (correct)

To let means to allow someone to do or be something. To give leave.

Let it be (Beatles) = Leave it alone, let it alone, leave be.
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