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    Don't and let

    Hello,
    Some minutes ago I wanted to write a sentence but didn't write it the way I wanted.
    Reason: I was not sure
    Please let's not turn this into a war.
    Please don't let's turn this into a war.


    I think version 1 is correct.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Don't and let

    As you say, 1 is good.

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    Re: Don't and let

    There's an idiom that can cover your intention:

    Let's not make a big deal out of it.

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    Wink Re: Don't and let

    The structure of the second sentence is:
    -Do + not + let + us + infinitive

    Can be right but very informal!

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    Exclamation Re: Don't and let

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Some minutes ago I wanted to write a sentence but didn't write it the way I wanted.
    Reason: I was not sure
    Please let's not turn this into a war.
    Please don't let's turn this into a war.

    I think version 1 is correct.

    Cheers!
    Version 1 is more common. Let us (Let’s) is used in all varieties of speech and writing to introduce a suggestion or a request: Please let's turn this into a war.

    It is quite normal to use ‘do’ to emphasize any action. So you can say;
    Please do let's turn this into a war.
    And negatively:
    Please let's not turn this into a war.
    Please don’t let's turn this into a war.
    Please let's don’t turn this into a war.
    These are three negative idioms. "Don't let's turn." may not look grammatical, but many idioms and idiomatic expressions break rules, So, Let’s not turn, Don’t let’s turn, and Let’s don’t turn. are all Standard, although Let’s don’t is more typically American than Don’t let’s, which is more typically British."
    Last edited by sarat_106; 17-Jun-2010 at 03:53.

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    Re: Don't and let

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Reason: I was not sure
    Please, let's not turn this into a war.
    Please don't let's turn this into a war.


    Cheers!
    2006

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    Question Re: Don't and let

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    You mean the secocd one is wrong? Well, I think it isn't?

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    Re: Don't and let

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Some minutes ago I wanted to write a sentence but didn't write it the way I wanted.
    Reason: I was not sure
    Please let's not turn this into a war.
    Please don't let's turn this into a war.

    I think version 1 is correct.

    Cheers!
    Version 1 is correct. I would say version 2 is possible but sub-standard. I have a feeling 'don't let's ...' is used more in AmEng than BrEng, simply because I've mostly heard it in American movies - I can just imagine, in some long forgotten movie I've seen, some hick saying with a twang "Don't let's argue now, honeypie!" Mind you, here's 'don't let's' in the headline of a respected British newspaper:

    Carola Long: Don't let's be patronised by 'celebrities' - Commentators, Opinion - The Independent

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    Re: Don't and let

    That's true. Substandard is what it is. Personally I wouldn't use it.

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