October 1, 2018
Intensifying Adverbs – Different Ways to Say VERY MUCH
Hey, friends! How are you doing?
In today’s post, I’m going to talk to you about the difference between 2 verbs many English students tend to confuse! Leave and Let! I will show you some examples and give you all the explanation you need so that after this post you can finally master how to use these verbs like native speakers do!
This is a very popular verb in English. One thing students always get confused about is the conjugation of this verb in the simple past form. It is “LEFT” YES! This is the conjugation of leave in the simple past. “Left” can also mean a “direction” (the opposite direction of “right”)
In this case, “leave” means to go away from one place or even from a person. Look at some examples:
The plane leaves in 5 minutes. (the plane is “departing” in 5 minutes)
I’m tired! leave me alone (go away from me, leave me alone)
You can also “leave” or make someone/something stay in a particular/same condition or place. Look at some examples:
You can leave the door open! (don’t close the door, the door can stay in the same condition (open)
I left my cellphone in the car. (the phone stayed in the car)
You can also use leave with the idea of “abandoning” something or someone.
I can’t believe he left me! We had been together for 2 years.
The verb “let” means to give permission, to allow. However, you can also use “let” + ‘s in imperative sentences. In this case the meaning will be different. We will talk about this in a little bit.
Firstly, we can use “let” with the idea of permission. Take a look at some examples below:
My dad won’t let me watch TV at night! In this case, the girl has no permission to watch TV at night.
Let me say how happy I am for you!! Congratulations! – in this case, I’m asking for “permission” to say that I’m happy for someone
This is a very common use of “let”. The phrase starts with Let us or Let’s (contraction) plus another verb. In this case the idea is to make a suggestion or an invitation to do something.
Let’s watch some TV and order pizza. (here I am suggesting watching TV and ordering pizza)
Let’s forget about this problem and focus on the good, shall we? In this case, I’m giving a suggestion of forgetting about a problem and focusing on the good.
It is also very common to give oneself suggestions in English with “let”. Yep, you give the “suggestion to yourself”. Take a look at some examples:
Do you wanna come to the party with us? hmm, let me think. Yes, I’m free, so I can definitely go!
Jack: I can’t open the door!!
Joe: Oh, really? Let me try.
These are very popular combinations with the verb “let”.
Let me know if you are coming to the party or not! I need to know how many people are coming!
If you have any questions, let me know!
Let me tell you something important. It is about the reports.
TIME TO PRACTICE!
Leave or Let? Write the correct verb.
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