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Edustation's blog > Causative Verbs: Make, Have, Let, Get & Help

Causative Verbs: Make, Have, Let, Get & Help

Added by Tomasz H. 4 August 2014 in category: English, Learning tips, Lexicon

MAKE

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.

HAVE

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.

LET

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.

GET

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.

HELP

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.

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