let's

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See also: lets, Lets, and LETS

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Contraction of let us.

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let's

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

Usage notes[edit]

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 dated except in formal language.

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