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which is correct:

 

that never let you or that never lets you

asked Apr 26 '12 at 12:58 abdellatif New member

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It depends on the noun for which that is used.

 

If it is singular it will be lets::::

 

It is your look that never lets you feel................

 

I don't like your behaviour and appearance that never let you.....................

link answered Apr 26 '12 at 14:27 Rahul Gupta Expert

Let versus lets is not an issue of singular versus plural. Rather, it is a matter of mood -- indicative versus subjunctive. Lets is only used to indicate the indicative present-tense mood for singular, third-person subjects such as he and she. Let is used for all other singular and plural subjects, both present and past tense, and both indicative and subjunctive moods.

Jeff PribylApr 27 '12 at 05:13

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In English, the choice of verb tense (the basic tenses are past, present, and future, but there are twelve in all) and verb number (singular or plural) is determined by the sentence subject and context. In your examples, that is a subordinating conjunction that refers back to an absent subject. Without knowing the sentence's subject, it is difficult to determine the proper verb.

 

The question of let versus lets is more complicated than Rahul suggests. Let, meaning to allow, takes the same form for both present and past tenses. It also takes the same form for the singular and plural.

 

Present -- "I let you paint" "You let him paint" "We let you paint" "They let you paint"

Past -- "I let you paint" "You let him paint" "We let you paint" "They let you paint"

 

Verbs also express mood -- indicative, subjunctive, and imperative -- and here is where lets enters the picture. An indicative verb states a fact, while a subjunctive verb is used for stating possibilities, conjectures, "what if," or what someone else said, thought or believed. In either mood, let is used as I listed above for both present and past tenses and for both singular and plural EXCEPT with he and she. The indicative present is "he lets" while the subjunctive present is "he let". The indicative past is "he let" as is the subjunctive past.   

link answered Apr 27 '12 at 05:05 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

I got a little confused about the use of verbs in subjunctive mood.
I hope you wish to say about the uses of modals, conditionals and the verbs like wish, think, imagine etc.

Can you please give more examples with verb let in subjunctive mood.

Rahul GuptaApr 27 '12 at 09:36

I got a little confused about the use of verbs in subjunctive mood.
I hope you wish to say about the uses of modals, conditionals and the verbs like wish, think, imagine etc.

Can you please give more examples with verb let in subjunctive mood.

Rahul GuptaApr 27 '12 at 09:36

Indicative - "He lets Hannah paint everyday!" "The teacher lets Hannah go home early every Friday."Subjunctive - "Does he let Hannah paint everyday?" "Would it be wrong if the teacher let Hannah go home early?"

Jeff PribylApr 27 '12 at 14:34

As you wrote, would an interrogative sentence be called subjunctive in mood?While the statement of the same be indicative.

Rahul GuptaApr 27 '12 at 14:38

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