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I know that the sentence "Do not let him go" sounds okay. Now-a-days the phrase "Let not" is, however, old-fashioned ("Let me not to the marriage of true minds" sonnet 116, Shakespeare)but grammatical.

Let not him go. Let not the boy go. Let him not go. Let the boy not go.

Are all these sentences grammatically correct?

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The first two sentences:

Let not him go.

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Let not the boy go.

Wouldn't work, it is a verb + adverb, which isn't proper English grammar in this case.

Only verb + pronoun would work in this case, like:

Let him not go.

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Let the boy not go.

But usually, "let" is used that you accept and permit somebody to do something. Like:

Let him go.

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Let the boy go.

So in this case, I'd prefer:

Don't let him go.

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Don't let the boy go.

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  • But I have seen the both usages : 'Let him not...' or 'Let not him...'; of course, both of these are archaic. Oct 20, 2021 at 9:37
  • @SandipKumarMandal "Let not him" isn't proper grammar. I don't know where you saw that. Oct 20, 2021 at 9:38

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