This video teaches How to Make Homemade Bread Bowls

I've just kneaded the dough in my stand mixer you can also do it by hand if you'd like until it's nice and soft and smooth about five minutes and then placing it in an oiled bowl just give it a quick roll around in the oil and covering with a damp cloth I'm going to let rise until double in size about 40 minutes

Is "let rise" grammatical in written english?

  • In this sentence, "let rise" is not correct. As Lambie points out, it needs to be: "let it rise". The "it" ponits to the thing - namely, the dough - which is rising. Without the "it", the sentence does not make sense.
    – EWalker
    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:37

2 Answers 2


to let the dough or dough rise.

Ergo, to let it rise.

Here, let takes a direct object.

[until it doubles in size]

  • what does "Ergo" mean here?
    – zghqh
    Feb 4, 2020 at 22:36
  • @zghqh It means therefore.
    – Lambie
    Feb 4, 2020 at 23:12
  • Thanks for your answer. Should I take this awswer to the question "Is 'let rise' grammatical in written english, following 'I'm going to'?" as a yes?
    – zghqh
    Feb 5, 2020 at 0:38
  • @zghqh going to is irrelevant to the let rise part of your question. I'm going to [whatever].
    – Lambie
    Feb 5, 2020 at 20:32

There are a number of English expressions including the construction going to let followed by a verb, such as:

A bird I'm going to let free
A string I'm going to let go
A greyhound I'm going to let run for the first time

Similarly, I'm going to let rise works but (as per Lambie's answer) it properly requires either which I'm going to let rise or I'm going to let it rise.

Given that the text comes from a video, it's likely that the speaker is more concerned with clear instructions than correct grammar. Few people use concise grammar in such circumstances.

  • Thanks for your answer. Just for sure, the discussion is in terms of written english, right?
    – zghqh
    Feb 4, 2020 at 1:35
  • Answers on the site deal with both written (formal) and spoken (informal/idiomatic) English. But it often happens that transcribed audio does not follow grammatical rules. Feb 4, 2020 at 13:33

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