I never want to see you make this mistake again! Let’s get this right: don’t use a gerund in combination with “let’s”. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Oh, sure you do! I hear it all the time:
- Let’s eating.
- Let’s fighting.
- Let’s doing again.
Wrong. All wrong! Let’s eat. Let’s do it again. Let’s fight– I should point out this is actually calling someone out. You’re trying to pick a fight. Most of you are intending to say something along the lines of: don’t give up or keep it up.
In addition to keeping the verb at its base form, you can also include “go” to sound more conversational.
- Let’s go eat.
- Let’s go fight.
- Let’s go do it again.
Another common one I hear all the time: let’s shopping. The correct way to make the invitation is to say: let’s go shopping.
Some of you might be puzzled because you swear you’ve heard a native speaker use “let’s” in conjunction with a gerund. I’ve seen it too. They’re poking fun at bad grammar. A good example of this would be South Park’s anime episode. It just doesn’t make sense.
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