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
Let + Person/Thing + Verb1 (base verb)
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.
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
Make + Person/Thing + Verb1 (base verb)
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.
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
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:
We’re having our house painted this weekend.
My washing machine is broken; I need to have it repaired.
GET = CONVINCE/ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING
For complete information, (See : Causative Verbs Have Get)
My husband hates housework; I can never get him to wash the dishes!
The non-profit got a professional photographer to take photos at the event for free.
HELP = ASSIST SOMEONE IN DOING SOMETHING
Help + Person/Thing + Verb1 (base verb)
Help + Person/Thing + To + Verb1 (base verb)
George helped me carry the boxes.
George helped me to carry the boxes.
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)