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    #1

    Use of "Let" in narration

    Hi,


    Could you please explain the proper use of "Let" in narration?
    I tried hard to understand the use of this word.
    I learned that the verbs like "suggest", "propose" are used instead of the reporting verb, but don't know what is (Any preposition like "to") then used after these verbs.


    Should I use the sentence pattern of indirect speech like,
    "John suggested to / proposed to Emily that..........
    "John suggested / proposed Emily that..........


    Also let me know the verbs after which any propositions like "to" is used,
    said, told, spoke, wrote, shouted, explained, appealed, begged, prayed, requested, invited, promised, argued, entreated etc.


    It would be convenient for me to remember the pattern easily.
    Like
    said to <indirect obj> about <direct obj>
    OR
    said to <someone> about <something>


    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Use of "Let" in narration

    Can you give an example of what you are talking about? I don't know what you mean about "let" in narration.

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    Re: Use of "Let" in narration

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Can you give an example of what you are talking about? I don't know what you mean about "let" in narration.
    I want to learn, the proper indirect forms of the following speech patterns,as I feel difficulties in understanding the proper forms of these types of sentences..

    James said to Samuel "Let us go to the church today."
    Joseph said to Ryan "Let us sketch out the entire work today."
    The little girl said to her mother "Let me read story books before sleeping."
    Michael said to Hayden "Let us raise funds for the earthquake victims."


    Also,as I already had mentioned that, the proper use of the prepositions in many verbs like said, told, spoke, wrote, shouted, explained, appealed, begged, prayed, requested, invited, promised, argued, entreated etc.

    Please explain...
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Nov-2015 at 22:55. Reason: Moved the quote to the top of the post

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    Re: Use of "Let" in narration

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie10 View Post
    James said to Samuel "Let us go to the church today."
    Say:
    James said to Samuel: "Let's go to church today."

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie10 View Post
    Joseph said to Ryan "Let us sketch out the entire work today."
    Say:
    Joseph said to Ryan: "Let's sketch out the entire work today."

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie10 View Post
    The little girl said to her mother "Let me read story books before sleeping."
    Say:
    The little girl said to her mother: Let me read story books before going to sleep."

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie10 View Post
    Michael said to Hayden "Let us raise funds for the earthquake victims."
    Say:
    Michael said to Hayden: "Let's raise funds for the earthquake victims."
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Nov-2015 at 22:56. Reason: Removed request about quote as I have fixed the problem in post #3

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    Re: Use of "Let" in narration

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie10 View Post
    James said to Samuel "Let us go to the church today."
    Joseph said to Ryan "Let us sketch out the entire work today."
    The little girl said to her mother "Let me read story books before sleeping."
    Michael said to Hayden "Let us raise funds for the earthquake victims."

    James suggested to Samuel that they go to (the) church today.
    Joseph suggested to Ryan that they sketch ...
    The little girl asked her mother if she could read ...
    Michael suggested to Hayden that they raise ...


    Note that let in let me in the third of your sentences does not convey the same idea as let in the others.

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    Re: Use of "Let" in narration

    Please note that there is a difference in meaning between "Let's go!" and "Let us go".

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    Re: Use of "Let" in narration

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Please note that there is a difference in meaning between "Let's go!" and "Let us go".
    As Newbie10 is talking about suggestions, I see no difference. Let's is far more common, but there is no difference in meaning.

    If let means allow/permit, then only let us is possible.

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    #8

    Re: Use of "Let" in narration

    I have a question regarding the use of "Let" in such cases.

    James said to Samuel "Let us go to the church today."
    The answer :>> James suggested to Samuel that they should go to the church that day.

    The little girl said to her mother, "Let me sleep a little more."
    The Answer:>> The little girl requested her mother that she might (Or might be allowed to) sleep a little more.

    Are the answers correct ??

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    #9

    Re: Use of "Let" in narration

    Review Picean's post.
    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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    #10

    Re: Use of "Let" in narration

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I would like to contribute the following comments, especially for beginning and intermediate learners:

    Mona (speaking to her family): Let's go to the beach tomorrow.
    Father: Super idea.
    Mother: I love your suggestion.
    Ralph: Cool!


    Mona: Ralph and I want to go to the beach tomorrow.
    Ralph: That's right!
    Father: No, you may not go.
    Mother: I agree with your dad.
    Mona (very angry): Let us go to the beach tomorrow! ( = I demand that you give us permission.)
    Last edited by TheParser; 23-Nov-2015 at 15:10.

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