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Why does us have a contraction in the first place? And why is it the same one as those other ones? Let us discuss.. O_o I just responded to a comment with this answer, but in case it is missed I will post it here too ^_^ I understand what contractions are, and their usage. I was curious as to why ~let us~ is contracted the same as the other examples listed. It does not follow the same usage as the other ~'s~ examples.. ~she/he/it is~ are used in order to describe something (a be verb) ~she is lovely~ ect. And, ~it's~ also can be possessive. However, ~let us~ is another way of saying ~to allow/do this action~ It is not a ~be~ verb and it is not possessive.. So, I was just wondering why it has a contracted form. Not, what contractions are ^_^.
Yellowfitzme Yellowfitzme 26-30, F 11 Answers May 27, 2012

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Words don't get contracted deliberately. They just become that way over time. People may start out saying "let us", but sooner or later, certain syllables will be eroded and letters will be dropped.<br />
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Say any phrase slowly and carefully - all the syllables will come out. Say it quickly, or slur it and some syllables will naturally be dropped. Those are the syllables that tend to become dropped over time, as a more efficient or quicker way of speaking gradually slides into place.<br />
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Apart from that, there's no real pattern to it, so no rules to follow.

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You can go on and on about the English language and never get it figured out. <br />
My favorites are the words that are the same but have totally different meanings, yet we know which one when we say them.<br />
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IE: WIND, LIVE, WOUND, <br />
You wind a watch and the wind blows the leaves<br />
You live life to the fullest and have a live TV broadcast<br />
He wound the thread on the spool but got a wound on his finger doing it.

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Because we have traditionally lazy tongues, and contractions are easier to say.

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Contractions are formed by joining two words together, omitting one or more letters: the apostrophe just stands in place of the missing letter(s), whatever they are. The one that seems to cause most confusion and incorrect use is "it's" - a contraction of "it is". Where "its" means "belonging to it", it doesn't have an apostrophe because there are no missing letters: it's not a contraction of anything.

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I understand what contractions are, and their usage. I was curious as to why "let us" is contracted the same as the other examples listed. It doesn't follow the same usage as the other " 's " examples.. "she/he/it is" are used in order to describe something (a be verb) "she is lovely" ect. And, as you said, "it's" also can be possessive. However, "let us" is another way of saying "to allow/do this action" It's not a "be" verb and it's not possessive.. So, I was just wondering why it has a contracted form. Not, what contractions are ^_^. But thank you for the comment.

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I can only guess that it's to do with the frequency with which a particular common combination of words is used: the verb "to have" is frequently contracted - "I've" for "I have" and "he's" for "he has" (as well as, incidentally, "he is") and so on. "Not" gives rise to a whole host of contractions - "can't" "mustn't" "shan't" "wouldn't" "couldn't" ... it must all be very confusing for people trying to learn English!

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lmao. That's very true. I've often heard that English is one of the (if not the) hardest language for a non-english speaker to learn... Considering Americans seem to struggle with it themselves, I suppose it is not all that surprising. ^_^

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It just is. I wish we had more common contractions like "a lot", a contraction for "his and/or her" for literature, "you'd" (I'm not sure if this is a legit contraction or not), "who'd" and a few others.

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Let us....with may.we, or shall we?

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"May we" is asking for permission. Like when children are asking for sweets or something like that.
"Shall we" is a suggestion. Like when people are trying to decide what to do with the day and someone suggested going for a walk.
Over time, however, the subtle distinctions have been discarded and people aren't always aware of them. That's why most people inaccurately start a phrase with "can we" - and in its correct form, that means asking whether a person is capable of doing something.

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