Unit 7.2

Make and Let as Causative verbs

Verbs

Causative verbs are verbs that show the reason why something took place.

Subjects in causative verbs don’t do the action by themselves but someone else does it for them. They cause something else to happen in a way.

The causative verbs are: have, get, make, let.

Make and let have the same position in the sentence.

Their structure is:
Make/Let + person + verb + …

Make

  • They make young kids treat animals well.
  • She forced him to buy a bouquet of flowers for his mother.
  • Female marine animals force male marine animals to get food for them.
  • He made the stray cats act good.

Let

  • They let him ask a question to the professor.
  • My mother allowed me to drink some wine.
  • She let her young brother consult his wife.

We use make to underline that the subject has the power of influencing someone else to do something.

We can also use it as the verbs require and force: in this case, we need to make sure that we are using them with the preposition to.

We use let to give the permission/possibility to somebody to do something.

We can also use it as the verbs allow and permit: in this case, we need to make sure that we are using them with the preposition to.

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