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Causatives with "let"

The Causative Verbs
-- Let --

We use "let" causative verb to " allow somebody to do something". We give a permisson to somebody to do something. For example, you allow your son to go out at night, or the boss gives you a permission to leave work early.

  • I never let my son go out at night. 
  • The boss let me leave work early today.

Tense Change: We can change the tense of the have.

  • She never lets me drive her car.
  • Will you please let me use your camera?
  • Did your father let you come with us?
  • She has just let the kids play in the garden.
  • I can let you go to the cinema if you do your homework.
  • I may let you borrow my bike, but you must promise to bring it tomorrow.
  • and to use more English tenses and modals is possible.


Let + somebody +  do (verb 1)  +  something

In the form, we use somebody and base form of the verb (verb 1) after the verb "let" We don't use "to - infinitive".

Example Sentences:

  • Teddy  never lets me    to     drive his new car.

  • Will your parents let you go to the cinema?

  • I think my boss will let me take the day off.

  • He didn't let me use his camera.

  • Has the teacher let you go home early?

*** The difference between "let" and "allow"
  • The teacher didn't let the students use a pen.

    The teacher didn't allow the students to use a pen. (with "allow", we use "to" before the verb)

  • My mother doesn't let me wear her skirt.

    My mother doesn't allow me to wear her skirt.

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