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Jul 27, 2018

The difference between "Let's" and "Lets"

The misuse of these words is very common among social media users. Other words which have really confused most English users in terms of usage are 'advise and advice', 'bother and border', 'taught and thought', 'once and ones', 'where and were', 'there and their', 'weather and whether' etc. Although I will provide some hints on how to distinguish between these words which are somewhat phonetically related, it is important I first discuss the thematic preoccupation of this article.

The difference between "Let's" and "Lets"
With regard to pronunciation, these words (let's and lets) are the same, but they are semantically and structurally different. In other words, they are pronounced alike but have different spellings and meanings.

"Lets", which means to allow, permit or release, is the third-person singular form of the verb "let". Therefore, you are expected to say, "I let", "You let" but "He/She lets", and "It lets".

"Let's", on the other hand, is the contracted form of "let us". It is inappropriate to write "let's us". It is either you use "let's" or "let us".
Examples
1. "Let's always visit Tammy's English blog." This can as well be written as "Let us always visit Tammy's English blog."

2. I will be upset with her if she lets the prisoner leave.


In sum, "let's" means "let us" whereas "lets" means to permit, allow or permit.  The wrong use of these words is not noticeable in speech but in writing. Therefore, you should always ensure an appropriate use of these words when writing.

Having said that, below are some of the confusing words in English and hints on how to use them appropriately.







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