Saturday, June 03, 2006

Let's

"Let's" is the contraction of "let us," where us is the accusative form of "we," and "let" is a verb meaning "to allow."

The use of let's in spoken language has caused it to deviate from its original meaning. "Let's" is most frequently used in the phrase "let's go." This phrase is typically used when addressing someone within a group, giving off an imperative aura.

I was reading Atlas Shrugged, and I noticed a peculiar use of "let's" that threw me off, "Don't let's talk about that, Jim..."

As it is used, "let's" is grammatically correct; it doesn't sound right after the "don't," though. The typical phrase, if using "let's," would be "Let's not..."

Interesting.

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