Function Causative Verbs

Function Causative Verbs

Function Causative Verbs

        After discussing about Causative Verbs Have and Get in previous post, in this occasion we will continue our discussing about causative verbs, it is about Function Causative Verbs. As we know that Causative Verbs are used to talk about having something done by someone else (third person) or we want something to be done by somebody else.

        Although we have studied about causative verbs Have and Get, however, actually there are other verbs as causative, they are Let, Make and Help. So, here are we discussing all of causative verbs. They are causative verbs: Let, Make, Have, Get, Help. In this case we are discussing about How We Use Causative Verbs. Here we discuss about the use and the pattern of every verb in causative.

The topics about Function Causative Verbs

        Here are some verbs of causative and how causative verbs work in English sentences.

LET = PERMIT SOMETHING TO HAPPEN

The Pattern

Let + Person/Thing + Verb1 (base verb)

Examples:

We don’t let our kids watch violent movies.

Nancy’s father won’t let her adopt a puppy because he’s allergic to dogs.

Our boss doesn’t let us eat lunch at our desks; we have to eat in the cafeteria.

Oops! I wasn’t paying attention while cooking, and I let the food burn.

Don’t let the advertising expenses surpass $1000.

Remember: The past tense of let is also let; there is no change!

Note: The verbs allow and permit are more formal ways to say “let.” However, with allow and permit, we use to + verb:

We don’t allow our kids to watch violent movies.

Our boss doesn’t permit us to eat lunch at our desks.

MAKE = FORCE OR REQUIRE SOMEONE TO TAKE AN ACTION

The Pattern

Make + Person/Thing + Verb1 (base verb)

Examples:

After Robby broke the neighbor’s window, his parents made him pay for it.

My ex-girlfriend loved sci-fi and made me watch every episode of her favorite show.

The teacher made all the students rewrite their papers, because the first drafts were not acceptable.

Note: When using the verbs force and require, we must use to + verb.

The school requires the students to wear uniforms.

“Require” often implies that there is a rule.

The hijacker forced the pilots to take the plane in a different direction.

“Force” often implies violence, threats, or extremely strong pressure

HAVE = GIVE SOMEONE ELSE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SOMETHING

The Pattern

For complete information, (See : Causative Verbs Have Get

Examples of someone do something:

I’ll have my assistant call you to reschedule the appointment.

The businessman had his secretary make copies of the report.

Examples of having something done:

I’m going to have my hair cut tomorrow.

We’re having our house painted this weekend.

Paul had his teeth whitened; his smile looks great!

My washing machine is broken; I need to have it repaired.

GET = CONVINCE/ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING

The Pattern

For complete information, (See : Causative Verbs Have Get

Examples:

How can we get all the employees to arrive on time?

My husband hates housework; I can never get him to wash the dishes!

I was nervous about eating sushi, but my brother got me to try it at a Japanese restaurant.

The non-profit got a professional photographer to take photos at the event for free.

HELP = ASSIST SOMEONE IN DOING SOMETHING

The Pattern

Help + Person/Thing + Verb1 (base verb)

Help + Person/Thing + To + Verb1 (base verb)

After “help,” you can use “to” or not – both ways are correct. In general, the form without “to” is more common:

George helped me carry the boxes.

George helped me to carry the boxes.

Reading before bed helps me relax.

Reading before bed helps me to relax.

        That’s all about Function Causative Verbs that we can share for this occasion. Hopefully the material about Function Causative Verbs above can be useful for increasing our English skill. (also read : The Function of Imperative Sentence)

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