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    Letting me up or let me up

    In American English, what is the meaning and usage of - Let me up or Letting me up?

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    Re: Letting me up or let me up

    Well, if somebody is holding you down you might want them to let you up.


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    Re: Letting me up or let me up

    If somebody was holding me down I wouldn't say 'Letting me up'.

    greenisgood, please correct the information in your profile, or explain how a native of the Maldives speaks Moldavian, or Moldovan.

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    Re: Letting me up or let me up

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    If somebody was holding me down I wouldn't say 'Letting me up'.
    I hope I didn't give the wrong impression. I wouldn't use that phrase either. (I might say, "Let me up!")


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    Re: Letting me up or let me up

    Please give us a full sentence. It's rarely possible for us to answer a question about a fragment or a short series of words.
    And, as bhaisahab said, please ensure the information in your member profile is correct before continuing with this thread.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Aug-2014 at 21:11.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Letting me up or let me up

    Well, I have said a million times how important context is. (And I don't exaggerate. )

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    Re: Letting me up or let me up

    Welcome to the forum, ahamilon.

    Please read this extract from the Forum Rules:

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    Re: Letting me up or let me up

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    If somebody was holding me down I wouldn't say 'Letting me up'.

    greenisgood, please correct the information in your profile, or explain how a native of the Maldives speaks Moldavian, or Moldovan.
    Rover_KE it's Maldivian/Dhivehi but neither option is available.

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    Re: Letting me up or let me up

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please give us a full sentence. It's rarely possible for us to answer a question about a fragment or a short series of words.
    And, as bhaisahab said, please ensure the information in your member profile is correct before continuing with this thread.
    Context is very important, I agree. But, sorry, dont remember where I read it anymore...

    Does "letting me up" means relieving me from my current stress/pressure/pain/burden?

    Is this sentence correct:
    Wife to husband: Before going out and doing community/volunteer service, how about letting me up by taking on a few of our own chores?

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    Re: Letting me up or let me up

    Is this sentence correct:
    Wife to husband: Before going out and doing community/volunteer service, how about letting me up by taking on a few of our own chores?
    No.

    ... how about helping us both out by taking on a few of our own chores?

    The rain is letting up -- lessening.
    That's one of the few ways I can think to use "letting up." I can't think of how I'd use "letting me up."

    If you "let someone down" you disappoint them. John keeps promising his children a trip to Disneyland, but never follows through, and keeps letting them down.


    It will always be useful to include context. Sometimes words and phrases have different meanings in different contexts.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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