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Re: Let us lettuce (was Re: Fiat Lux)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Friday, June 22, 2001, 21:43
"Wade, Guy" wrote:
> FWIW, I cannot agree the non-interchangeablility of 'let's' and 'let us.' > The latter may be more formal (and therefore out of vogue), but not > un-understandable ("let us dance" as an invitation/imperative).
Yes, not completely non-interchangeable. However, one can never use "let's" to mean "allow us", while "let us" can be used that way. If I say "Let's go", I can only mean that I want you and I to go somewhere, I cannot mean that I want you to allow me and another person to go somewhere. That's what I meant by them not being interchangeable. However, "let us go" CAN mean either I want you and I to go somewhere or, more likely, that I want you to allow me and someone else to go somewhere.
> But Muke hit on the answer when he suggeted the difference between > inclusive we and exclusive we.
Exactly, which is why "let's" is used a sort of first person imperative, or "request" if you wish. -- Cenedl heb iaith, cenedl heb galon A nation without a language is a nation without a heart - Welsh proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42