Causative Form: Causative Verbs Examples


Causative verbs express the idea of somebody causing something to happen or causing another person to do something.

make somebody do something (make + object + infinitive without to):
somebody requires another person to do something

  • The barking dog made the postman run away.
  • The rain has made the tourists stay in the hotel this morning.
  • I don’t think she can make her husband buy that expensive ring.
  • Sad movies always make me cry.

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have something done (have + object + 3rd form of the verb):
somebody wants something to be done for them

  • Did you have the car washed yesterday?
  • I have my hair cut once in 2-3 months.
  • We’ve had the lawn mowed by the neighbour’s son.
  • Jane will have the curtains cleaned at the dry cleaner’s tomorrow.

Note: get is often used instead of have in informal speech:

  • Did you get your hair cut before the weekend?
  • We must get the house decorated for the wedding.

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get somebody to do something (get + object + infinitive with to):
somebody requires or inspires another person to do something

  • Let’s get mother to bake a cake on Sunday.
  • I couldn’t get my sister to wash my dirty overalls.
  • The tap is leaking, get a plumber to fix it.
  • She always gets me to help with her homework.

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