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  1. Offroad's Avatar
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    #1

    let versus have

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough as to help me understand the difference between these two sentences?

    I will not have you do to him what you did to me.
    I will not let you do to him what you did to me.


    The way I see it, the only difference is that 'have' seems to be slightly more formal.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: let versus have

    They mean the same. The first one is considerably more formal.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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