let (in passive) + bare infinitive

I have come across the following sentence in a dictionary recently:

  I was not let [size=150]see[/size] him.

 Is this grammatically correct?

i do not know how you read it in a dictionary…

the sentence is not correct i can say…

it is not passive nor voice…

i was not let to see him : means some body was there and does not let me to see him … this is passive
like : i was not let to go…
this is what i think…

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I am 99.99% sure that it is not correct. If it was in a (bilingual?) dictionary, you may wish to get a better dictionary.

I agree with Aveleo that maybe the idea is something like:

I was not permitted / allowed TO SEE him.
They did not let / permit / allow me TO SEE him.


Hi Aveleo!
Above all, thanks for the answer, however, as far as I know, the verb let is not usually used in the passive voice.
If let should happen to be used in passive, can we use the bare infinitive <— that is the case in which I am interested!

 Dozy, could you help me?..

Hello,James M!

I have a question: If LET is used in the passive voice, after that can we use bare infinitive or full infinitive?..
James, I am 99.99 % certain that after LET (+ object) we only use BARE INFINITIVE:

e.g. They did not let me SEE him.
Am I right?..

I completely agree with James. But what about this? PLEASE correct and modify the sentences below. THANKS.

“” I did have a nice joyride on the scooter (not stolen) with my Sweetie around the streets of Dharan and also drove uphill (mountainous road that leads to the place from which a scenic view of Dharan can be enjoyed) and back, distance covered 25+ kilometers, on the occasion of happy New year. We enjoyed ourselves very much, the best I’d experienced never before. “”

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You are 100% correct.

Besides “let,” my favorite book says other verbs also take a bare infinitive, such as:

  1. They did not hear me come in.
  2. They did not make me do it.
  3. I did not see him do it.
  4. I did not watch her do it.
  5. I heard the man laugh at me.


House and Harman, Descriptive English Grammar.

Hi Av,
I think you are right as far as " let" is concerned.

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As you know, everyone has his /her own style of writing. I have suggested a few changes. Other members will have different suggestions.


Dear respected James,
Thank you very much for your suggestion and I expect to have more help from you in the future.


Thank you, Noren, for your kind note.

The verb ‘let’, used in active voice, can’t be modified in passive voice:

  1. He let her show him the book. (active)
  2. She was allowed/permitted to show him the book. (passive)
    To change the active voice sentence with ‘let’, we have to use some other verb like allow or permit.

My pleasure.