Causative Verbs in English | Let, Make, Have, Get

The causative verb is a common structure in English. It shows that somebody or something is indirectly responsible for an action. The most common causative verbs are Make, Get, Have, Let.

Causative Verbs List

Have

Form: Subject + Have + Person + Base Form of Verb

This construction means “to authorize someone to do something”.

Examples:

They had John arrive early.

She had her children cook dinner for her.

Get

Form: Subject + Get + Person + To + Verb

This construction usually means “to convince to do something” or “to trick someone into doing something.”

Examples:

 How can teachers get their students to read more?

We couldn’t get him to sign the agreement.

Make

Form: Subject + Make + Person + Base Form of Verb

This construction means “to force someone to do something”.

Examples:

Peter made her do her homework.

The teacher made the students stay after class.

Let

Form: Subject + Let + Person + Base Form of Verb

This construction means “to allow someone to do something.”

Examples:

Mary let me use her new laptop.

Will your parents let you go to the festival?

I don’t know if my boss will let me take the day off.

Have something done & Get something done

HAVE is slightly more formal than GET in “Have something done” and “Get something done”.

Examples:

I had my hair cut last Saturday.

She had the car washed at the weekend.

I really must get my eyes tested. I´m sure I need glasses.

She got her hair cut.

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Causative Verbs in English | Let, Make, Have, Get

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