Lets vs let’s: simple tips to remember the difference
Do you know when the word LETS needs an apostrophe and when it doesn’t? Let’s take a look at the difference (see what I did there?).
When to use LETS without an apostrophe
LETS and LET’S both have the same root word: LET, which means allow, or permit.
Without the apostrophe, LETS is the third-person singular present tense form of the verb LET.
Use it in sentences where LETS can be replaced with either ALLOWS or PERMITS.
The key LETS you unlock the door.
The app LETS you meet new people.
When to use LET’S with an apostrophe
LET’S with an apostrophe is a contraction of two words: LET and US.
Use it when you’re encouraging someone to do something.
LET’S go to the pub.
LET’S buy a drink.
LET’S do it.
Of course, if you want to sound more formal, you might prefer to use LET US.
LET US go to the park.
The word LETS can also be used in a property sense (real estate, if you’re using American English) to describe a rented property.
The agent handles a number of property LETS in the local area.
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