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Let Someone Go
Let Someone Go English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn the meaning of the English phrase 'Let Someone Go' in this English lesson

Date: Oct 30 2012

Themes: Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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There is a saying, “If you love someone, let him go.” But in business, a boss will let someone go because they don’t love that person’s work. There are many ways to talk about losing one’s job: getting fired, sacked, or laid off. If your boss says she has to let you go, it is a polite way of saying you are no longer needed at work.

Letting someone go can also mean saying goodbye. It can be hard for friends to let each other go, but Devan and Marni are having more trouble than most. Learn this English phrasal verb and find out who may not have a job by the end of this English lesson.



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Devan:  Are you sure that there’s no other way?

Marni:  Devan, you’ve seen the books. The company is in real trouble, we have to do something.

Devan:  I know. I just can’t believe it’s come to this. When I started this company, I thought it was going to be so great. Not just for me, but for all of us. I can’t believe we have to let someone go!

Marni:  I know. Letting someone go is never easy, I understand that, especially when it’s a friend of ours. But we have to do something. The company is in trouble. We can’t go any further without laying someone off.

Devan:  Shhh! Here she comes.

Marni:  Oh God…

Amanda:  Hey, ladies!

Devan:  Hi, Amanda.

Marni:  Hi. How are you?

Amanda:  OK, so what’s this secret meeting about, hmm? Tell me you’re not talking about giving me a promotion already? I mean, I want to climb the ranks just like everybody else, no special treatment. Even if we have been friends for, I don’t know, ever!

Devan:  She’s right, I can’t…I can’t do this, I’m sorry, I can’t do this. I can’t let Amanda go!

Amanda:  What? You’re talking about letting me go? So, I get Mason to let me back in and now you guys are going to let me go? What?

Marni:  I’m so sorry, Amanda, I don’t want to do this any more than, you know, anybody does, but we have to let someone go. The company is in trouble and you’re the most recent hire so, it just…I’m so sorry, but it has to be you.

Amanda:  Ok, but why me? I mean, don’t I do a great job?

Devan:  Yes.

Amanda:  If you’re going to fire someone, maybe someone like Jeff or Dale or someone who isn’t one of your dearest, closest friends?

Devan:  That’s an idea!

Marni:  No. I’m taking charge here. Amanda, I’m so sorry, I don’t want to do this, but the company is in real trouble financially. I have to let someone go. You’re the most recent hire, it just has to be that way. I’m so sorry.

Amanda:  OK, so, you guys are in trouble financially, right? Is that the problem?

Devan:  Yes.

Amanda:  Tell you what, let me check the books. How about before you guys let me go, let me see if there’s something I can do. OK?

Devan:  OK!

Amanda:  Will you do me that?

Marni:  Sure! I mean, if you can work miracles, that would be great.


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Marni and Devan are having a meeting, and Marni tells Devan that the company is in financial trouble. The only solution is to let someone go. Devan is very sad and does not want to do this. After all, her employees are her friends.

Just then Amanda arrives and jokes that Marni and Devan must be planning to give her a raise, but soon learns that she is being let go. Amanda tries to convince Devan and Marni not to let her go because the three women are good friends. Devan is convinced, but Marni steps in and says there is no other choice. Amanda was the last person to be hired, so she must be the one to go.

Then Amanda has an idea. Perhaps she can help fix the company’s finances. Marni and Devan agree to let her review the books before they make any final decisions.

Are Devan and Marni being good business owners? Are they being bad friends? Have you ever been let go?



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maybe it is needed to be done like this.

01:58 AM Oct 30 2012 |




everybody make mistakes!!!!

but it’s good…..

01:52 AM Oct 30 2012 |




yeah.I love the sentence “if you love someone,let him go ”.In my opinion ,I still think they are good business owners.first of all they kown how to build the company ,they are a team ,they are a system.even thougn there is some troubles in finicals,the are discuss how to solve it not decided  by arbitrary.I think comunicating can aolve most problem.I like the way they did .what’s more the most the members of their company are their friends ,it may be much more easier to management.

AS to the second question ,I think the should be good friend instead of bad friend  .Good friends should known be share each other’s joys and sorrows.the should known how to compromise with each other .

La Princesse de la vie


Hmm, I can’t judge the business because I don’t know about it, but I know they are not bad friends.. They have the right to put the interest of the organization at the top, but only if they have reasonable reason to fire Amanda, I mean reason related to business, not that reason of being the most recent…

I think if it’s necessary to let someone go, a comparison among the employees should be held… I mean the worst must be the one who should be let go..

You know what! when Amanda said she would handle the matter to try to solve these financial problems, I thought she would pay money of her own.. Actually, I remembered that limo which she brought to Mason with its chauffeur :D she seems rich and she can solve the problem.. LoL 

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