let, lets and let's

To let can mean to allow or to rent out. As you'd expect, it goes: I let, you let, he lets, etc.

A let can be a nullified play in sport or a rented property. As you'd expect, the plural is lets.

Let's (with an apostrophe) is a contraction of let us. It is similar in meaning to we should.

Let and Lets

The word let has several meanings. It can be a noun or a verb.

As a noun (e.g., a holiday let), it has the plural lets (e.g., three holiday lets). As a verb in the present tense, it goes: Below are the meanings for let:

A play usually in racket/racquet sports) which is nullified and has to be played again. A rented property (as a noun): To rent a property (as a verb): To allow:


The word let's is a contraction of let us. Let's [do something] is close in meaning to We should [do something]. For example:
A slogan on a T shirt highlighting the importance of commas.
Unfortunately, it should say let's not lets. Ooops.

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What are nouns? What are verbs? List of easily confused words