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    Let him go/ goes

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    Let him go/ goes
    Message from mohammad51 posted on 23-11-2017 at 15:25:43 (D | E | F)
    let him go and not goes ....why?
    We have learned this matter of grammar that Let is followed by an infinitive without to.
    Let + object pronoun+ infinitive without to
    let me go not to go
    Let her go not to go or goes
    Let him go .....not to go or goes.
    My question: go and not goes, is it like the subjunctive mode or what?
    Is a pattern like this considered as a subjunctive mode?

    Edited by lucile83 on 23-11-2017 15:37

    Re: Let him go/ goes from gerondif, posted on 23-11-2017 at 16:30:00 (D | E)
    Let is almost an auxiliary verb like can, may, must, shall, should, will, do, does, did. It is followed by the infinitive without the to:
    It is used either for the imperative:
    Come ! don't come !
    Let's go ! Let's not go !
    Let him be hanged !
    Let them be expelled !

    Or it is used when you allow somebody to do something or ask permission to do something:
    Let me play, will you ?
    Don't let him play with your bike.
    I didn't let him touch your computer.
    I let her play with us last night.

    I said "almost an auxiliary verb" because it is conjugated like a regular verb (s in the present tense, do, does , did, will, would, should, etc... as auxiliaries)
    He usually lets me use his car.
    I wouldn't let you play with this loaded gun.
    He has never let me see his wife.

    The verb dare is a little like this:
    It can be either regular:
    He dares to come here after what he said about you.
    He dared to come. He didn't dare to come.

    Or defective:
    How dare you say this ?
    I daren't come ! He daren't come. (But only in the present tense, and the present form is sometimes used as a past tense with a past tense, as there is no past form for "daren't" or "dare" as a defective verb : He said he daren't come )

    Or a mixture of the two:
    He didn't dare come.

    Re: Let him go/ goes from mohammad51, posted on 24-11-2017 at 07:53:52 (D | E)
    Good point you referred to gerondif,

    We can say it is a score of great success on language. This point indeed, was absent to my mind.
    Yes " let" acts as auxiliary even it is never mentioned by grammarians.
    I read at least 200 grammar books written by different authors across the world , none of them referred to this point.
    This can be considered to you gerondif.
    Good luck

    Re: Let him go/ goes from gerondif, posted on 24-11-2017 at 14:49:08 (D | E)
    I think I had learnt it in "Grammaire anglaise de l'Útudiant", by Berland DelÚpine(Ophrys) in the 1970's, the grammar-book that was advised to sit for our C.A.P.E.S, our teachers' competitive exam, and it was no secret or obscure point.

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