Purple Level

Lesson Twenty-two


let / let / let / letting

The verb "let" is used for making invitations, requests, and giving permission.


A: Let’s go out tonight.

B: Okay. Where do you want to go?

"let" + "go" has many different meanings. This example takes the form of an invitation.


1. The company let a lot of its employees go.

"let" + "go" in this example means lay off.

let go from work


2. "Well, I’ll have to let you go now. My girlfriend is here, so I’ll talk to you later."

"let" + "go" in this example means "say goodbye and get off of the phone."

let go on the phone

3. The police don’t want to let this man go because he’s a very dangerous person.

"let" + "go" in this example means "release from jail."


4. Her parents let her have a dog.

"let" + "have" = allow; give


5. He’s letting his girlfriend win at pool.

let her win

6. A goalie must not let the puck enter the net.

7. Although her parents aren’t happy about her decision, they’re letting her get married at an early age.
8. She never keeps the fish she catches. She always lets them go.
let fish go

9. He has really let himself go over the years. Now he has to go on a diet.

(To let oneself go is to stop caring about weight or personal appearance.)

let himself go

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present tense: let / lets
past tense: let
future: will let
present continuous: am / are / is letting
past continuous: was / were letting
future continuous: will be letting
present perfect: has / have let
past perfect: had let
future perfect: will have let
present perfect continuous: has / have been letting
past perfect continuous: had been letting
future perfect continuous: will have been letting
modal verbs: ______ let
past tense modal: ______ have let
infinitive: to let
gerund: letting
passive: yes
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Next: Lesson Twenty-three

the verb "send"