Basically, causatives express how one actor causes another actor to do something. You know the meaning of make as in "I made a cake. In other words, my boss forced me to work late. What are causatives? A causative sentence starts with a subject, followed by a causative verb, then an object noun or pronoun, and then the simple form of the verb. Three of the most common causatives in English are make, have, and get.
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Complete the sentences below using the correct form of the verbs "let," "make," "have," and "get," then click the "Check" button to check your answers.
We have to look at those stupid pictures every time we go to her house. Professor Yu each of her students write an essay describing their future goals in life. Professor Yu her students use a dictionary while they were taking the test. But after days of nagging, she finally him to go see the new production of La Boheme. Sally me take off my shoes before I went into her house. She said she wanted to keep the carpet clean.
Rebecca Smith requested a copy of that expense report, so I the courier take one over to her last week. Jackson and reconfirm their meeting on Thursday. Marcus me drive his new BMW. How did you the doctor to make a house call? My boss me get him coffee, pick up his dry cleaning and buy presents for his wife.
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Causative: Family Meeting! (ESL Speaking Activity)
Money, money, money!