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Phrasal verbs with LET

Hi dear English learners! Phrasal verbs are extremely important because they are so common in the English language. We can sometimes get their meaning from the context whereas on some other occasions you won’t be able to determine what they mean. Here is a lesson about phrasal verbs with LET. 

The phrasal verbs we’re going to look at are:

  • Let down
  • Let in
  • Let in for
  • Let in on
  • Let into
  • Let off
  • Let on
  • Let out
  • Let up

Phrasal verbs with LET

Let down

If someone lets you down, they fail to support you. In other words, they disappoint you.

  • She didn’t trust people because she’d been let down badly in the past.
  • I let down my parents by quitting college when I was young. 
  • My car has never let me down.

It also means to make something go down.

  • Do you mind letting down the blinds? I can’t see anything.
  • The worker let the bucket down into the well.

Let in 

If you let someone in, then you allow them to get inside.

  • The man at the cinema door let people in because the film was about to begin.
  • The criminals kept the door locked and didn’t let anyone in.
  • Will you open the window and let the fresh air in, please?

Phrasal verbs with LET

Let in for

To let yourself in for something means to put yourself in a difficult situation.

  • When she signed the contract, Lorna had no idea what she was letting herself in for.
  • It is so stupid to let yourself in for something you don’t understand at all. 
  • Mary was thinking about whether she wanted to let herself in for such a difficult task. 

Let in on

If you let someone in on something, then you allow them to know your secret.

  • Martin would never let anyone in on his private business.
  • I’ll let you in on a secret if you promise not to tell anyone.
  • All the people in the village have been let in on the council’s plans to bring a famous rock band.

Phrasal verbs with LET

Let into

If you let someone into something, you allow them to come inside.

  • You won’t believe it, but they let us into the concert without the tickets. 
  • Sara let the new clients into the office as soon as she got back from her lunch break.
  • They let the water into the tank.

It also means to share a secret.

  • Brian let his sister into a secret about his plans to study architecture.
  • All the people had been let into her private matters were dead, so there were no witnesses to her crimes.

Let off

To let somebody off means not to punish them even though they have deserved it.

  • The children who had broken the window were let off with a reprimand.
  • Even though she broke a few rules, the manager let Stella off with a warning.
  • Instead of going to prison, they were let off with a fine.

It also means to allow someone not to do something they were supposed or expected to do.

  • They let us off work earlier today because of the carnival.
  • The teacher let us off homework in school today. Isn’t that great!

Phrasal verbs with LET

Let on

To let on means to reveal a secret.

  • Please, don’t let on about me seeing Jason.
  • You must promise never to let on what we were talking about.
  • I don’t think that he feels like letting on about the meeting with the boss.

Let out

To let out means to allow someone to leave a place.

  • As soon as he got home, John let the dog out in the yard.

Also: to scream, cry, etc.

  • When he heard the news, Peter let out a loud scream.

It also means to rent.

  • We’ve got a spare room so we decided to let it out.

Phrasal verbs with LET

Let up

When something lets up, it usually becomes weaker, slower or even stops.

  • It was raining heavily all day as if it would never let up.
  • Don’t ever let up before you finish your job.
  • The police didn’t let up even when the demonstrators began to leave.

I’m glad if you’ve learned something new today. We looked at the phrasal verbs using the verb LET:

  • Let down
  • Let in
  • Let in for
  • Let in on
  • Let into
  • Let off
  • Let on
  • Let out
  • Let up
Phrasal verbs with LET
Phrasal verbs with LET

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