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    Default 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.'

    I sometimes hear say "Leave him be."

    I wonder if this sentence has a grammatical error and I think it should be "Let him be."

    or is this an idiomatic expression?

    and are there any examples of 'leave + object + verb root'?
    Last edited by koolade; 02-Feb-2012 at 17:04.

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    Default Re: 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.'

    Quote Originally Posted by koolade View Post
    I sometimes hear say "Leave him be."

    I wonder if this sentence has a grammatical error and I think it should be "Let him be."

    or is this an idiomatic expression?

    and are there any examples of 'leave + object + verb root'?
    Both expressions are common.

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    Default Re: 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.'

    ...and there's no difference between them for me.

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    Default Re: 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.'

    [not a teacher]

    Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I hear "leave" as slightly more aggressive, as if there was some [more] intervention happening.

    Example:

    1: I canít believe heís still sleeping!
    2: Leave him be.
    1: But I didn't try to wake him.
    2: Well, just let him be.

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    Default Re: 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.'

    I can't see that distinction, Bob, but I'm not saying you're wrong.

    Rover

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    Default Re: 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.'

    Hi, I'd like to know if there's any difference in meaning between 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.' and 'Leave him alone.'
    Thank you for your help and advice.
    M&L

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    Default Re: 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.'

    Thanks a lot for your answers.^^

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    Default Re: 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.'

    Quote Originally Posted by mikelynn View Post
    Hi, I'd like to know if there's any difference in meaning between 'Leave him be' or 'Let him be.' and 'Leave him alone.'
    They mean the same to me.

    Rover

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