Let Us Know

Hi Everyone,

I noticed today while reading Plate 236 in my Simplified manual the phrase “let us know”. I know that the brief form for let is L-E but I don’t ever recall learning L-E-S for “let us”. My first read-through of this plate I didn’t think anything of it because of the context of the sentence, but after analyzing it on another read-through of the plate I started to wonder if/where I learned that L-E-S stood for “let us”, and then adding N-O to the end to form the whole phrase “let us know”.

Let Us Know


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  1. "Us" in phrases can be abbreviated by using the comma s, but only in some phrases where it is convenient to drop the "oo-hook" and legibility is not affected, such as "let us", "write us", "wire us", and "to us." Notice that the word before "us" in those phrases ends with a vowel, so adding a comma s is easier than writing and joining the "us" in full. However, in most cases, we write the "us" in full, joined with the previous stroke such as in "send us", "among us", "by us", "upon us", "on us", "for us", "from us", "inform us", "make us", "remit us", "advise us", "ship us", and "with us." It is written in full in those cases to make the phrases legible and distinct.

    To confuse matters even more, in Anniversary, "let us know" is further abbreviated to "l-e-n-o", :-). But they eliminated this phrase in Simplified, so you don't need to worry. Other phrases written in Anniversary (but not in Simplified) with the comma s for "us" are "give us", "tell us", and "told us", because "give", "tell", and "told" are brief forms that end in a vowel, making the comma s an easy stroke to join at the end.

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