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Causative Verbs


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A causative verb is used when a subject (person or thing) is forcing or “causing” another subject to do something. Let’s look at the structure first, and then the specific word choice depending on which causative verb you are using.

Subject..........(forces or causes).........subject.....verb form.



Sample Usage

WRONG: Robert’s professor made him to rewrite his thesis.
RIGHT: Robert’s professor made him rewrite his thesis.

WRONG: Peter wants to get his thesis finish before he goes on vacation.
RIGHT: Peter wants to get his thesis finished before he goes on vacation.

WRONG: Peter wants to have his check cash right now.
RIGHT: Peter wants to have his check cashed right now.

WRONG: Maria had the accountant done her taxes.
RIGHT: Maria had the accountant do her taxes.

WRONG: Dean Black let Victor to go to his grandmother’s funeral.
RIGHT: Dean Black let Victor go to his grandmother’s funeral.

WRONG: Professor Martin helped Robert getting a job interview.
RIGHT: Professor Martin helped Robert get a job interview.
or Professor Martin helped Robert to get a job interview.




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