Causative verb

Causative verb

Created:27 Nov 2017 17:50:58 , in  advanced


Object + verb1 + subject + verb2 pattern, known also as causative verb pattern, is used to describe situations where the object influences the subject to perform certain action.

There is a group of common verbs one can substitute for verb1 in the pattern. The most popular of the verbs are: want (wish), make (force), let (allow), have (force), get (persuade), tell, see (watch), feel or hear.

Verb2 occurs in first of the three forms in Object + verb1 + subject + verb2.

The whole situation made me laugh.

The teacher got students write an extra essay last week.

The new set of results had me change my mind on how to conclude my research.

Example sentences

Here are some more examples:

Incomplete manuals made many customers return Chinese products last year.

Yesterday Ruby let her son play her favourite violin for the first time.

Timmy got the boss not to punish her for her below-par performance over the last year.

Unexpectedly wet weather have had me cancel this evening's training session.

This post was updated on 27 Nov 2017 18:35:58

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