Let Alone

  • enJoanet

    Senior Member
    could anyone tell me if the "to" in this sentence has to be left out or not...?

    This is dofficuly to explain, let alone to justify.

    thanks in advance!


    Senior Member
    English English
    Hello enJoanet. You can leave it in or take it out: the result is the same:)

    (I presume that word is difficult:eek:)


    New Member
    English - Scotland... feeling a bit rusty lately
    Hi, is it right to say :

    "It’s (I find it) hard to consider her a person (human), let alone female"

    I've put a few alternatives between brackets. Are they also correct?



    Senior Member
    English English
    Hi Embra. I certainly wouldn't say any of your versions are 'incorrect' in any way ... but they're not how I would express that thought:
    It's hard enough to think of her as human, let alone female

    I dare say other folk will have alternative versions:)


    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hi again, embra

    Can you give us some context - who are we talking about here?


    Senior Member
    English - London (Irish ethnicity)
    Hello embra

    I agree with ewie, and would add that an alternative for 'let alone' would be 'never mind'.

    '... never mind female.'


    "Her income was barely enough to maintain one child, let alone three."
    Here what is the meaning for 'let alone three'?
    What is the full meaning of the sentence?
    Please explain.


    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    I'd keep the verbs parallel, with "let alone go". On the other hand I see nothing wrong with: "I don't even have time for studying or cooking, let alone going out on a date."

    Edit: a gerund is kind of noun, so there's no problem I can see.
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    Senior Member
    This is not "let" meaning "allow to" but "let alone" meaning something like "leave alone" or "never mind", and the gerund is the direct object of "mind" or "let" (= "leave", approximately), representing what is to be ignored.

    There are lots of ways to say the same thing. Some of them (e.g. "ignoring") require an obvious direct object, such as a gerund; others (e.g. "much less") work best with a parallel predicate; and "let alone" and "never mind" allow either.


    Senior Member
    Persian - 𐎱𐎾𐎿𐎡
    Hello there,
    Recently I said the following sentence,

    "Everybody should be equal before the law. This is one the cardinal articles of human rights all around the world let alone this institution. "

    Does it work for you?


    Senior Member
    English - England
    I would have said (after a comma) “not just in” this institution. But I wouldn’t use the word articles (tenets would be better).