Last modified on 17 April 2015, at 01:19

let's

See also: lets, Lets, and LETS

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EtymologyEdit

Contraction of let us.

VerbEdit

let's

  1. Used to form the first-person plural imperative of verbs.
    Let’s eat lunch sometime.
    Let’s dance.

Usage notesEdit

Let’s is always inclusive, which refers to both the speaker and the addressee, while let us is commonly exclusive, which refers only to the speaker.

  • Let’s go, we are late. - inclusive we
  • Release us and let us go! - exclusive we

Negation of let's is let's not in standard English.

  • Let’s not talk about it.

Don't is also used, but it is often considered non-standard.

  • Let’s don’t talk about it. (US)
  • Don’t let’s talk about it. (British)

Tag questions with let's typically take shall we?.

  • Let's go to the beach, shall we?

The form it is derived from, let us, is considered somewhat archaic.

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