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    Question 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    Hi all,
    I'd appreciate it if anyone could tell me whether the second one is still common in BrE or not. Many thanks, in advance!

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    Re: 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    'Is the second one still common in BrE?'

    I don't think it ever was common.

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    Re: 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Is the second one still common in BrE?'

    I don't think it ever was common.

    Rover
    Why not?

    Don't let us wait unnecessarily.

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    Re: 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Why not?

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    Because it's not, we just don't commonly say that.

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    #5

    Re: 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    What a nice question! I've been wondering about 'let's not" and "don't let's" too.

    M. Swan writes: "Negatives are let us not / do not let us (formal); let's not / don't let's (informal).
    Do not let us forget those who came before us (formal)
    Don't let's stay up too late tonight (informal)


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    Question Re: 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    I remember once I read that was/is one of the differences between the AmE and BrE. Well now I'm convinced, because when the native speakers don't think so, then it is not SO! Ta!

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    Re: 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    Do you want to say "don't let's" is AmE?

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    Re: 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Do you want to say "don't let's" is AmE?

    No I don't! 'Don't let's...' was said to be more common in BrE, which is not the case as we see in this page.

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    Re: 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    Don't let's stay up too late tonight.
    Don't let us wait unnecessarily
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    I don't understand why they are considered uncommon.

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    #10

    Re: 'Let's not...' or 'Don't let us...'?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
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    I don't understand why they are considered uncommon.

    Dear tedtmc, I'm sure I read it was the common form in BrE, but language is what its speaker say, not what written in some texts. Apparently it could be used, but it's not as that common as we think.

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