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The sentence is:

"The machine's remote-control unit puts you in charge of starting and stopping your workout and ____ the speed and direction of the oncoming tennis balls."

The question is from a cloze test and it has 4 choices:

  1. let you adjust
  2. lets you adjust
  3. let you to adjust
  4. become more skilled

I'm choosing between 1 and 2. Now if I think grammatically I would choose 2, but somehow it doesn't seem to sound right for me. Is my intuition bad or is it really wrong?

  • Welcome to EL&U. 2 seems correct to me. This would be a much harder question if "letting" was one of the options, although "putting you in charge of letting you adjust" is pretty horrible. – Rupert Morrish Nov 3 '17 at 3:56
  • Mai Mee, did you notice that whatever it means, The machine's remote-control unit puts you in charge of starting and stopping your workout and ____ the speed and direction of the oncoming tennis balls will always make native English speakers hesitate? It's unidiomatic, at best. The most obvious solution would be and controlling the speed but everything would still be questionable. – Robbie Goodwin Nov 3 '17 at 20:55

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