There is a song from a very popular animation film with the title, “Let It Go.” To let something or someone go is a phrasal verb in English with a couple of different meanings and uses. For today’s free English lesson, let’s have a look at this now very popular phrasal verb!
In the film, the lead character has some magical abilities which she has had to suppress for a long time. At one point however, she finds herself far away from her kingdom, in a place that she can finally not worry about using her power. So, in this scene in the film, she realizes that she can let it go.
Let it go means to allow something/someone to be free or go free or escape.
- The queen finally didn’t need to hide her power, so she let it go.
- The millionaire was kidnapped, but they let him go after a few hours.
- Johnny caught a frog in his back yard, but his mother told him to let it go.
Let it go also means to not react to a situation or something that was said:
- The boss changed the vacation policy several times, and the employees complained each time. However, the last change was not so bad, so the employees let it go.
- Your ex-girlfriend told you that you are cheap? Just let it go. Forget about her!
- She said she hates my new haircut, but I let it go.
Let something go means to stop holding something
- When the balloon is full of helium, tie a knot and let it go.
- Hold this end of the rope and don’t let it go until I say “now!”
- I held on to the dog when the guests came into the house and then let her go. She greeted everyone!
Let someone go means to dismiss an employee
- Jack was let go when the company found out he was working part time for their competitor.
- Because of a drop in sales, the company let ten people go.
- Even though many tech firms are letting employees go, ABC company just hired twenty people.
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