Which one is correct?

  • Don't let us stay here, will you?
  • Don't let us stay here, shall we?

I have chosen the first one because "let" is used here as "allow" but my colleague made me confused

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    Both are equally correct, but neither is idiomatic, and neither says what you want to say. As Robusto recommends, say "Let's not stay here" and leave it at that. Do not add a question tag. That makes no sense at all. No matter what the tag is. – RegDwigнt Nov 10 '15 at 16:11
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    What is the context? Who are you talking to, and what are you trying to say? The first sounds like you're asking someone to prohibit you from staying here. – Barmar Nov 10 '15 at 22:18
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    Neither one makes any sense at all. – Hot Licks Nov 10 '15 at 23:10
  • @HotLicks The first one makes some sense as it stands (at least in British English) but I would expect to see the second turned around a little to become "Let's not stay here shall we?". In both cases a negative Trip Advisor post seems to be called for. – BoldBen Sep 8 '18 at 14:04

"Don't let us" in that sense is a BrE way of saying "Let's not." It's not really imperative, but is more of an entreaty.

Usually you hear it in contracted form:

Don't let's tell Andrew about this anytime soon.

  • Ok, what about "Don't let me go, shall I ?/ will you? – Sanjar Igamov Nov 10 '15 at 16:22
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    Those things don't really work together. Certainly "shall I" doesn't work. If you say "Don't let me go" it means "Keep holding on to me"; You might find a way to wedge the idea of "will you" into that, but I really don't see it happening. – Robusto Nov 10 '15 at 16:34
  • You would seem to know more about idiomatic usage here in the UK than I do. Though Google data is more in line with my opinion. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 8 '18 at 17:28
  • @Edwin: I didn't see you express an opinion here. – Robusto Feb 8 '18 at 17:44
  • "Don't let us stay here" 6 - – Edwin Ashworth Feb 8 '18 at 20:38

Well it depends on what you are trying to say, if you are using imperative you dont have to use the "will you" at the end, because is an imperative order!

is not like saying: "it´s a beautiful day, isn´t it?"

And about "Don't let us stay here, shall we? "

You are ordering someone to not let us (we) stay here, shall we is used to talk about when we are part of the group of people you are talking about.

Example: "Let´s go to the mall, shall we?"

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