Let's learn about 'let's'

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Let's learn about 'let's'

The expression Let's + [the infinitive without 'to'] expresses the imperative:
Let's dance!
Let's all go outside and get ourselves a snack.

Let's is actually the contraction of Let us. In the first and third person, the imperative can actually be expressed with the construction LET+ the object + the infinitive without 'to':
Let us see.
Let us hope everything will work out.
Let them eat cake.

Note: •  Sometimes the meaning is very close to that of the ordinary verb to let (to allow):
Let my people go. Allow or permit my people to go.

•  In the negative form:
Don't let it happen again! Don't allow it to happen again!


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