Phrasal Verbs with Let in English

The verb to let[lɛt] is an irregular verb. Its main forms are presented in the table

InfinitivePast SimplePast Participle
to letletlet

Let can also be used as a noun.

Consider common phrasal verbs with to let in English:

  • let down – disappoint someone or make clothes longer
    • When she lets her hair down it reaches her waist. You can let a coat
    • You won’t let me down, will you?
    • She speaks French very fluently, but her pronunciation lets her down
  • let in – allow someone to enter
    • The public are usually let in half an hour before the performance begins
  • let in for –  to let yourself in for something means to put yourself in a difficult situation
    • I volunteered to help, and then I thought “Oh no, what have I let myself in for!
  • let off –  cause to explode or release
    • He didn’t dismiss the man; he let him off with a warning
    • The boys were letting off fireworks
  • let on – allow something to be known
    • I won’t let on I know anything about it
  • let out – to let on means to reveal a secret
    • He was let out of prison
    • She has grown so much that her mother will have to let out all her dresses
    • She let out a scream of terror on seeing the ghost
  • let up – stop or become less intense
    • When will this rain let up?
  • let past –  allow someone to pass one
    • This guy is right up on my tail, so I will slow down to let him past

Video – Phrasal Verbs – Expressions with ‘LET’

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