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    #1

    Let / leave alone

    "James can barely speak English, let alone French!"

    I have just learned that some (many?) British people have NO problem with "leave alone" in such sentences. (When I read such a sentence in a British magazine this morning, I was stunned.)

    Which term would you recommend for our international friends?



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    James

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    Re: Let / leave alone

    I have heard "leave alone" but very rarely and I don't use it. I only use "let alone" in this context. For learners coming to the UK, I would recommend sticking with "let alone".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Let / leave alone

    I agree with emsr2d2.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #4

    Re: Let / leave alone

    To me, things like that will often be open to misinterpretation (thus the bad grammar) - since you can say leave somebody alone or, as an alternative, let somebody alone, one might think that you could do the same with leave alone meaning let alone. But that's not the case here.

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    #5

    Re: Let / leave alone

    I also would use "let alone".

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    #6

    Re: Let / leave alone

    Where did you learn this?

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