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.
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."
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.
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. |
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.)
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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