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Let or Leave
1) To LET, LET, LET:
a) LET + direct object complement (Predicate) + root verb without ‘to'
- Let him go.... He'll be back when he feels like it.
b) Let may often express a given permission:
- My parents let me go out every weekend.
c) Let is used to build the imperative form (which, in English, exists for all subjects (you, he/she, we, they). You can include yourself in the imperative by adding "Let's”).
- Let him go away if he can't bear it here!
- Let them have a free access to the party!
d) The negative form of the imperative is built:
* Either using the negative form without ‘do' (formal style):
- Let's not give up hope when there's still some.
* Or with the negative form using ‘don't' (informal style)
- Don't let's give us hope when there's still some ...
d) Set expressions using ‘let'.
- To let go (of): You have too much stress ... just let go a little...
- To let slip: not on purpose, he let slip that important piece of information.= he mentioned.
- To let know: I'll let you know when I'm ready.
II) To LEAVE, LEFT, LEFT:
a) LEAVE in a certain place or a certain state, abandon, leave something for somebody.
- Leave the book on the desk before going out.
- She has left her keys at home and is locked out.
* To leave may be built with an indirect (personal) complement introduced by for:
- Have you left us anything? = Have you left anything for us?
b) In the past participle, ‘left' means ‘remaining'.
- I'm sorry there's no milk left: I'll go and buy some for you.
c) Leave may often mean ‘forgotten':
- Oh dear ! I've left my purse at home ...
d) Set expressions using ‘leave':
- Leave her alone!
- A leave of absence
- To take a French leave
- Leave well enough alone!
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