Many people use "let, let's and lets" in conversation

What's the difference between them?


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The verb in each construction is let. It is usually used in the imperative mood: 'Let me go.' 'Let them eat cake.' 'Let him go without supper.'

However, it can also be used in the indicative: 'I let him go.' 'They let us eat cake.' 'We let him go without supper.'

Let's is a contraction of let us. It is technically an imperative construction, but usually indicates a suggestion rather than an order: 'Let us go to the ball.' 'Let's go shopping.' 'Let's talk about flowers.'

Lets is conjugated for the third-person singular present tense, which is to say that it is used with singular nouns and the pronouns he, she, it: 'He lets me eat cake.' 'She sometimes lets her brother use the Super Nintendo.' 'The country lets me feel freer than the city.'

  • It is almost the same case with Apostrophes – how to use them
    – eQ19
    Commented Mar 6, 2016 at 4:20
  • Note that "Let's" is only used in the imperative, never the indicative. One would never write or say "They let's eat cake". Commented Mar 5, 2018 at 15:10
  • I read somewhere the phrase "she let (no s) me borrow her car" , is it correct or wrong? Commented May 17, 2021 at 10:03
  • @MarcoDemaio That would be the past-tense form of the verb, which never takes an -s.
    – Anonym
    Commented May 19, 2021 at 23:19
  • @Anonym that's right, cool. Thanks man! Commented May 30, 2021 at 20:25

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