let's

See also: lets, Lets, and LETS

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EtymologyEdit

Contraction of let us. Compare Dutch laat ons, German lass uns, Swedish låt oss.

VerbEdit

let's

  1. Used to form the hortative of verbs, equivalent of the first-person plural imperative in some other languages.
    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?

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