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Let's is a contraction meaning let us. But "Let's go!" and "Let us go!" mean two very different things. Amirite?

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But at the same time you can still say, "let us go!" and still mean "let's go!" I imagine a commander who just got through giving his troops an encouraging speech and finishing it by saying, "let us go! We shall conquer them all!"

@StickCaveman But at the same time you can still say, "let us go!" and still mean "let's go!" I imagine a commander who just got...

I imagined a little kid saying "please please please please please let us go to the park."

Though saying "let us" as a wish (let's) is different than saying "let us" (let us) as a direct command.

They used to (and perhaps still do) say something like this at the end of Catholic masses when I was a boy. "Let us go in peace, to love and serve the lord, amen".

"Let's go" means: prepare to charge forward. "Let us go" means: please release us from our bondage. Works for the church thing. The go to the park thing. The commander thing? Well...what is he a Brit?

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