Causative Verbs! What is a causative verb? Learn how to use English Causative Verbs (Let, Make, Have, Get) with useful rules, video, examples and ESL worksheet.
What Is A Causative Verb?
What is a causative verb? 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 Verb Examples:
- Why did you let him swear at you like that?
- He made his son clean his room.
- I had Peter fix my car.
- We couldn’t get her to sign the agreement.
Causative Verbs List
Learn how to use Let, Make, Have, Get with rules and examples.
Form: Subject + Have + Person + Base Form of Verb
This construction means “to authorize someone to do something”.
The president had his secretary make copies of the report.
I’ll have Hudson show you to your room.
Form: Subject + Get + Person + To + Verb
This construction usually means “to convince someone to do something” or “to trick someone into doing something.”
The students got the teacher to dismiss class early.
We couldn’t get him to sign the agreement.
Form: Subject + Make + Person + Base Form of Verb
This construction means “to force or require someone to take an action“.
My parents always make me do my homework before I go out.
It seems unfair on him to make him pay for everything.
Form: Subject + Let + Person + Base Form of Verb
This construction means “to allow someone to do something.”
I don’t let my kids watch violent movies.
If you need any help, let me know.
Move up, John, and let the lady sit down.
Have Something Done vs. Get Something Done
HAVE is slightly more formal than GET in “Have something done” and “Get something done”.
“Have something done” Examples:
I had my hair cut last Saturday.
She had the car washed at the weekend.
“Get something done” Examples:
I really must get my eyes tested. I´m sure I need glasses.
She got her hair cut.