Misused Words

Let's and Lets

Let's is a contraction for let us, so you can use let's whenever you can substitute let us in the sentence and it still makes sense.

My friend said, "Let's go to the matinee on Saturday afternoon."

Lets, a verb, means allows.

The teacher lets us use our textbooks during an examination.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The father (let's, lets) his boys play hockey on the quiet street.

(2) (Let's, Lets) go to the beach for a swim this afternoon.

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