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Contraction of let us.


contraction of
let us: used to express a suggestion, command, etc, by the speaker to himself and his hearers


contraction of let us.
usage: See contraction, let1.


let us
1. let's

You use let's when you are suggesting that you and someone else should do something. Let's is short for 'let us'. It is followed by an infinitive without to.

Let's go outside.
Let's decide what we want.

The full form let us is used with this meaning only in formal English.

Let us postpone the matter.

If you are suggesting that you and someone else should not do something, you say let's not.

Let's not talk about that.
Let's not waste time.
2. 'let us'

When you are talking about you and someone else being allowed to do something, use let us.

They wouldn't let us leave.
His mum let us stay there for free.

You can use let us when you are making a request on behalf of yourself and someone else. In sentences like these, don't shorten let us to 'let's'.

Let us know what progress has been made.
References in classic literature ?
Don't let's talk of such things here," I said hurriedly.
Hold your tongue, Jem, and let's hear what he's got to say," said the landlord.
Let's have no accusing o' the innicent, Master Marner.
Kitty, dear, let's pretend--' And here I wish I could tell you half the things Alice used to say, beginning with her favourite phrase 'Let's pretend.
Let's pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through.
No more talk, let's fight,' Duterte said as he called the CPP enemies of the state.
The State Department made its amendments under LET's designations as a FTO and Specially Designated Global Teorroist (SDGT) to include their alias names of, "Jama'at-ud-Dawa, Al-Anfal Trust, Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool, and Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Qibla Awwal.
Let's not blot out any of those colorful holidays that bring so much pleasure to so many.
Let's encourage the emigration of the smartest and the most capable to give equal opportunities to the rest.
Let's pretend this world is one extra special place, Spinning on its journey through a crowded space.
Let's do some charity to help others, no matter how much we can give - 100 fils, 500 fils, BD1, BD5 or BD100, just give