If let means to ‘give permission to’ or ‘allow’ then lets means ‘allows’ or ‘gives permission to’ then

is inthebushbook lets you to connect...correct?

why or why not?

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    "Let's" means "let us", thus "X let us you do something awesome", which makes no sense, and is ungrammatical. – BillJ Feb 24 at 8:33
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    It's 'allows you to connect' but 'lets you connect', if that's what you're asking. – Kate Bunting Feb 24 at 8:41
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    You seem to think that lets is a plural, but it is a verb in the third person singular. So lets means gives permission, not give permissions. – oerkelens Feb 24 at 11:40

No, you can't say "allow(s) you connect" or "let(s) you to connect".

Yes, it is correct to say "allow(s) you to connect" or "let(s) you connect".

Some verbs in English are used with "bare infinitives" and other verbs are used with "to infinitives". You just have to learn the correct construction with each verb: it isn't based on the verb's meaning, so sometimes synonyms, like "let" and "allow", have different grammar.


Thanks Mari-lou A for a good answer and helping clean my question up.

I was mainly looking for why... I found a sufficient answer myself so I am posting it...

I understand that connect is a bare infinitive in this case. I understand that this is to help make the sentence flow better or in other words...

From Cambridge English Corpus...

When the bare infinitive is used, the activity described in the infinitival phrase is never interrupted, almost as if there is an entailment relation.

The perfective reading associated with the bare infinitive derives from the interpretation of the perception verb as stative.

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