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Session 25

Let James explain five different meanings of the verb ‘let’ in our 60 second English lesson.

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5 ways to use 'let'

Let James explain five different meanings of the verb ‘let’. Find out in our 60 second English lesson.

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James

Hi everyone, welcome back to English In A Minute. Today, we're going to look at 5 different uses of the verb let.

So, let's get started!

Let's is a way to introduce an idea or make a suggestion.

Let's go for coffee!

Phil let me borrow his pen.

In this example, let means to give permission.

I have a room to let in my house.

In this example, the verb let means 'to hire or rent'.

So, what I'm saying is that there is a room in my house available to rent.

The man let the thief run right past him.

In this example, let means 'to not stop or prevent something from happening'.

We're saying that the man didn't prevent the thief from running away.

Let me take your jacket.

This is a polite way to offer to help.

Let's finish today's episode here.

Thanks for joining us, everyone.

Bye!

5 ways to use 'let'

Let can be used in several ways with different meanings.

We can use let's to introduce an idea or make a suggestion

  • Let's go to the party!
  • Let's try to put the food in the fridge.

Let can also be used to give permission.

  • Why won't you let me wear your hat?
  • My parents let me stay up till 11pm on Saturday. 

Let can mean 'to hire or rent'. It is usually used in conjunction with property.

  • I have some office space to let in the centre of the city.
  • I have a room to let in my flat.

Let means 'to not stop or prevent something from happening'.

  • I let him steal the book.
  • The police didn't let him escape.

Let can also be used as a polite way to offer to help.

  • Let me carry your bags.
  • Let me explain what I mean.

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