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    bester is offline Newbie
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    don't lets vs. let's don't

    Grammar-wise and meaning-wise, is there any difference between the following:

    Don't let's tell the police.

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    Let's don't tell the police.

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    To me, the first option does not sound too intuitive, but I've got this in my notes from grammar classes so apparently this must be correct?

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    Re: don't lets vs. let's don't

    To me, those are both non-standard.

    Let's not tell the police.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: don't lets vs. let's don't

    So you do would argue they are correct grammatically speaking?

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    Re: don't lets vs. let's don't

    For me, they're not grammatical. You will hear people say both but if I saw them written down, I would mark them as an error and if I heard them spoken, I would assume the speaker was using lazy, non-standard English, or was a non-native speaker.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: don't lets vs. let's don't

    The first is heard in BrE as an informal alternative to Let's not.
    The second is blatantly ungrammatical and would not be used by any educated speaker.

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