Sentence that begins with let also belongs to imperative form. Sentence with let is slightly different form other sentences that give order, advise, warning, command etc.
- Let is used in a sentence to express a suggestion or proposal. We have to understand from the mood of the sentence if something is suggested or proposed
- Reporting verbs such as ‘said’, ‘told’, ‘said to’ change to ‘proposed‘ or ‘suggested‘.
- Here the reporting clause and reported clause can be connected with conjunction ‘that’
- Sometime ‘to’ is used. In that case reporting verb ‘say to’ changes to tell.
- ‘We’/‘us’ pronouns change to ‘they’.
- If first person ‘I’ is included then ‘we’ or the mentioned pronoun remains unchanged.
- Modal auxiliary verb should is used in reported clause.
|Direct Speech||Indirect Speech|
|I said to my mother, “Let me do the work.”||I told my mother to let me do the work.|
|He said, “Let us practice harder.”||Mahu proposed to Shampa that they should watch a movie.|
|Mahu said to Shampa, “Let us watch a movie.”||Mahu proposed to Shampa that they should watch a movie.|
|Father said to mother, “Let me do the cleaning.”||Father told mother to let him do the cleaning.|
|He said to me, “Let us be quiet.”||He suggested to me that we should be quiet.|
|He said to her, “Let us buy a house.”||He suggested to her that they should buy a house.|
|I said to her, “Let us go on a travel.”||I proposed to her that we should go on a travel.|
|Brother said to me, “Let us do our own works.”||Brother suggested to me that we should do our own works.|
|The employee said to the boss, “Let me explain the matter to you.”||The employee told the boss to let him explain the matter to him.|
|The man said to the woman, “Let us eat in peace, without talking.”||The man suggested to the woman that they should eat in peace, without talking.|