Should you spell the word ‘lets’ or ‘let’s’? Wondering what the difference is between the two words? We’ll cover that in detail below, plus you’ll learn the meaning of each word and the correct usage.
Don’t feel like skimming? Here’s the short answer:
As you just learned, the difference between the two words is their usage.
‘Lets’ means to allow or permit, while ‘let’s’ is a contraction that means ‘let us.’ The latter is used to get someone to do something.
We’ll see some more usage examples below in another section.
Remembering the difference between the words is easy for some people. Just remember that the version with the apostrophe is a contraction that means ‘let us.’
Think about that when writing so you can ensure you use the correct version of the word.
Both ‘lets’ and ‘let’s’ come from the word ‘let.’ The definition is: “to cause to make,” “to give an opportunity to or fail to prevent,” “used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal,” “used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal,” and “used as an auxiliary to express a warning.”
It also means: “to free from or as if from confinement,” “to permit to enter, pass, or leave,” “to offer or grant for rent or lease (chiefly British),” “to assign especially after bids,” and “to make an adjustment to.”
As a transitive verb, it means: “to become awarded to a contractor.”
The noun is defined as: “something that impedes: obstruction” or “a shot or point in racket games that do not count and must be replayed.”
The verb form of the word can be defined as: “hinder, prevent.”
As a noun suffix, it means “small one” or “article worn on.”
There are a handful of phrases containing ‘let’ that you might come across while learning the language. They include:
Now that we know what the word means let’s see how to use it in a sentence correctly.
Here are a few examples:
Now, let’s see how to use ‘let’s’ in a sentence correctly.
As we mentioned above, the word ‘let’s’ is a contraction of ‘let us.’
What is a contraction exactly?
A contraction is a shortened form of a group of words, and they’re used in both written and oral communication.
When you write a contraction, you replace the omitted letters with an apostrophe.
Now that you know the difference between ‘lets’ and ‘let’s,’ you should be able to use the above examples to write your own sentences. It can be tricky to remember which version of this word to use. Apostrophe or no apostrophe?
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