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    Default lets or let's

    Let's strike a conversation

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    Lets strike a conversation

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    Default Re: lets or let's

    Let's strike up a conversation.

    This strikes me as a rather unnatural utterance.

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    Default Re: lets or let's

    Note that let's here means let us. The apostrophe replaces the missing u.

    'He lets me drive' = 'he allows me to drive'. Nothing is missing from lets.

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    Default Re: lets or let's

    Let's strike up a conversation.

    As 5jj says, this doesn't sound natural by itself if it is one person asking to converse with the other. A native speaker is more likely to say something like "let's talk", "let's have a chat" or just start talking.
    But this is ok: We had never been to this town before but my friend said, "Let's strike up a conversation with the first person we meet".

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