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    "'We'll talk to him; leave me to do it,' D'Antoni said."

    Is "leave me to do it" correct English? If so, how does it differ from "let me do it"?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "'We'll talk to him; leave me to do it,' D'Antoni said."

    Is "leave me to do it" correct English? If so, how does it differ from "let me do it"?
    For me, Leave me do it is unacceptable. It must be leave me to do it.

    The difference is that leave me to do it implies to me, 'Don't bother about it; I'll do it' . Let me do it is fundamentally asking for permission, though it may be used as an offer: let me carry your bag for you.

    If let me do it is uttered in the right context with the appropriate intonation, then there isn't a great deal of difference between that and leave me to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "'We'll talk to him; leave me to do it,' D'Antoni said."

    Is "leave me to do it" correct English? If so, how does it differ from "let me do it"?

    Thanks!

    ***** A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION *****


    Jasmin,

    I think many Americans would prefer the following:

    George: I'll talk to him.

    Martha: No, you don't have to. Leave it to me. / Leave it

    to me to do it.

    *****

    I also found this in Mr. Swan's book:

    I'll leave it to you (to decide).


    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    For me, Leave me do it is unacceptable. It must be leave me to do it.

    The difference is that leave me to do it implies to me, 'Don't bother about it; I'll do it' . Let me do it is fundamentally asking for permission, though it may be used as an offer: let me carry your bag for you.

    If let me do it is uttered in the right context with the appropriate intonation, then there isn't a great deal of difference between that and leave me to do it.
    I'm not sure if you misread something or not, but I didn't ask about "leave me do it"; that's plain broken English. Obviously wrong.

    Thank you for your reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I'm not sure if you misread something or not, but I didn't ask about "leave me do it"; that's plain broken English. Obviously wrong.

    Thank you for your reply!
    I was so convinced that you had asked about 'leave me do it' that I went back to your original post to prove that I was right.

    I was wrong.

    Yes, I did misread it. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    ... "leave me do it"; that's plain broken English. Obviously wrong.

    ...
    Ahem... It's quite common in many dialects. It's best not to use it in an exam though.

    b

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