Well, I have a question regarding these two phrases listed below:

  1. let me go make sure
  2. let me come see you

I have read some texts using these phrases. I thought the right solution was:

  1. let me go to make sure
  2. let me come to see you

Is it grammatically correct to miss the "to" before the following verb? Can I just say: "let me go make sure" and avoid the second version of the phrase?

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    You could also simplify the sentences: let me make sure and let me see you. Do you require the go and come for some reason? – Jason Bassford Sep 18 '18 at 6:47
  • Well, As I mentioned, I've read couple of texts with that construction and I just wanted to know, if they're correct grammatically. – Carlos Florian Sep 18 '18 at 6:50
  • You can say it without and but you might not want to write it without and. – Lambie Apr 10 '19 at 15:29

In "Let me go make sure" the conjunction and has been left out. This is a common form (i.e. go do something) in spoken English. It's used to show a result or to tell someone to do something.

Let me go and make sure (something is right).

In "Let me go to make sure", you have an infinitive of purpose. In other words the speaker is saying

Let me go so I could make sure (something is right)

I assume you know after let, the base form of the verb is used.

  • I supposed that it's mainly used in spoken English. I understand the meaning but what if I write it for some official Exam? – Carlos Florian Sep 18 '18 at 7:42
  • In that case, replace let with allow and probably make sure with assure, depending on what the context is. Drop the go thing altogether. You need to rephrase the whole sentence to fit the formal context you aim to use it in. – Yuri Sep 18 '18 at 7:54

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