to let sb off

by | Last updated Jun 2, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 3 comments

to let sb off

by | Last updated Jun 2, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 3 comments

This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to let sb off'. Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: Ireland

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This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to let sb off'. Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: Ireland

 

Photo by Andrew Ly on Unsplash

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I speeding but the police with .
I caught speeding but some reason the police me off with a .

About the sentence

to let sb off

'to let sb off' = to allow someone to escape without punishment (or without full punishment) when they have done something wrong.

For example, imagine one of your employees makes a big mistake and loses a client. This is serious - normally you would give the employee a warning or even fire them. However, you know that the employee has been having problems at home, and you want to give him another chance. You decide to let him off - you don't punish him.

If you use the phrasal verb on its own (e.g. "I was late for work 5 times in a row, but my boss let me off"), then you are saying that the person avoided punishment completely.

If they were given a smaller or reduced punishment, then you can specify this using 'to let sb off with sth...'. e.g. "Because it was his first offence, the judge decided not to send the teenage car thief to prison, and let him off off with a fine".


'For some reason' is a useful phrase to use when we are unable to explain something. e.g. "The conference was cancelled but for some reason they didn't tell me".

Discussion questions:

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  • Have you ever done something wrong but not been punished (or given a smaller punishment than you expected)?

  • When was the last time you let somebody off?

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I work as a teacher and, of course, sometimes I let my students off.( However, maybe, it’s wrong.) What do you think all the children’s offenses must be punished by teacher or something may be LET THEM OFF?

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