let him | her | them + VERB

Here’s an example of an imperative clause using ‘let + third-person pronoun:

Let them find Randy themselves.

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The speaker is instructing someone to allow someone else to take on the responsibility of doing something.  It is unclear if this is C2 or C1.


Point 124 C2 in CLAUSES/imperatives is defined as:

an imperative clause with ‘let’ + ‘him/her/them’ + base form of a main verb, to devolve responsibility.

*’devolve responsibility’ meaning ‘transfer responsibility to someone less powerful’ is too hard to differentiate from the C1 usage in corpora.

Point 108 C1 is the same except the usage:

to give permission or allow something or instruct someone to allow something.

an iWeb search for:

. Let them|him|her _VV

1 . LET THEM KNOW 5249
2 . LET HIM KNOW 831
3 . LET HER KNOW 728
4 . LET THEM COOL 503
5 . LET THEM SEE 404
6 . LET THEM GO 403
7 . LET THEM SIT 388
8 . LET THEM DRY 387
9 . LET THEM GET 314
10 . LET HIM GO 290
11 . LET THEM TAKE 277
12 . LET THEM COME 240
13 . LET THEM HELP 224
14 . LET THEM MAKE 200
15 . LET THEM CHOOSE 182
16 . LET THEM PLAY 170

17 . LET THEM SOAK 153 B2 vocabulary

However, this seems to be just about cooking so allowing something is C1:

1 LET THEM SOAK FOR A FEW MINUTES 16
2 LET THEM SOAK FOR A FEW HOURS 13
3 LET THEM SOAK FOR A COUPLE OF 12

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18 . LET HER GO 142
19 . LET THEM TRY 141
20 . LET THEM FEEL 138
21 . LET HIM TAKE 138
22 . LET THEM REST 127
23 . LET THEM TELL 127
24 . LET HIM GET 125
25 . LET THEM COOK 123
26 . LET HIM SEE 115
27 . LET THEM TALK 115
28 . LET THEM PICK 110
29 . LET THEM LEARN 109
30 . LET THEM DECIDE 108
31 . LET THEM USE 105
32 . LET HIM COME 95
33 . LET THEM THINK 94
34 . LET HIM MAKE 93
35 . LET THEM ENJOY 92
36 . LET THEM WORK 91