Causative Verbs: Make, Have, Let, Get & Help
Force or require someone to take an action
MAKE + PERSON + VERB (base form)
My daughter broke the John's car window and I made him pay for it.
My ex-boyfriend loved cartoons and made me watch every film.
The teacher made all the students rewrite their tests.
Give someone else the responsibility to do something
HAVE + PERSON + VERB (base form)
HAVE + THING + PAST PARTICIPLE OF VERB
I'll have my assistant call to cancel the meeting.
The president had his secretary make copies of the law.
We're having our bedroom painted this Saturday.
My PC is broken - I need to have it repaired.
Permit something to happen
LET + PERSON/THING + VERB (base form)
Our supervisor doesn't let us eat lunch at our office.
I don't let my kids play violent games.
John's father won't let him adopt a dog.
Convince/encourage someone to do something
GET + PERSON + TO + VERB
I was nervous about eating pasta, but my friend got me to try it.
How can we get all the employees to arrive on time?
My boyfriend hates housework - I can never get him to wash the dishes.
Assist someone in doing something
HELP + PERSON + VERB (base form)
HELP + PERSON + TO + VERB
(After "help" you can use "to" or not – both ways are correct)
My son helped me carry the books.
My son helped me to carry the books.
Watching TV before bed helps me relax.
Watching TV before bed helps me to relax.