Causative Verbs And its Uses in English

Causative Verbs

Causative Verbs

  1. We use Causative Verbs when we don’t carry out an action ourselves but are responsible for the action being performed.
  2. Causative Verbs indicate that we don’t do an action, but get it done by someone else.

Example: I made my brother wash my car.

The most common Causative Verbs are:

Allow, force, get, make, have, let, and help.

  1. The Causative Verbs which are followed by Object + Full Infinitive are:
Causative Verbs

The Causative Verbs followed by Object + Full Infinitive

  • Force meaning to compel somebody to perform something.

Example:  Her mother forced her to cook food.

  • Allow meaning to permit somebody to perform something.

Example: I allow them to sit in my class.

  • Get meaning to cause or persuade somebody to perform something.

Example:  They got them to go out.

  1. The Causative verbs which are followed by Object + Bare Infinitive are:
Causative Verbs

The Causative verbs followed by Object + Bare Infinitive

  • Make: meaning to convince somebody to perform something.

Example: He made her wash the clothes.

  • Have meaning Mutual agreement.

Example: The bus driver had a mechanic repair his bus.

  • Let meaning to permit somebody to perform something.

Example: The parents should not let their children spend their time in useless deeds.

  1. Help meaning to assist somebody to perform something. Help is the only Causative Verb which can be followed by Object + Bare/Full Infinitive.

Example: He helped her paint the walls.

The mother helped her child to walk.

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Here is an Exercise for you to practice.

Complete the sentences with the words in the parentheses.

  1. The doctor made the patient ____________________ in bed. (Stay)
  2. Tom had a bad headache yesterday, so he got his twin brother Tom __________________ to class for him. The teacher didn’t know the difference. (Go)
  3. We had a professional photographer ___________________ a picture of everyone who participated in our wedding. (Take)
  4. He made his son ____________________ the windows before he could go outside to play. (Wash)
  5. Howard got some kids in the neighborhood ____________________ out his garage. (Clean)
  6. My boss made me ____________________ my report because he wasn’t satisfied with it. (Redo)
  7. She got her brother____________________ homework. (Do)
  8. Crane had her child ____________________ the walls. (Paint)
  9. Alice stopped at the service station to have the worker __________________ his car’s tank. (Fill)
  10. I got Marry ___________________ me some money so I could go to movie last night. (Lend)
  11. The teacher didn’t let the students ___________________ the class early. (Leave)
  12. They helped us ____________________ a lecture. (Prepare)
  13. He will allow his brother ___________________ hi s computer. (Use)
  14. The shopkeeper hasn’t allowed the costumer __________________ his shop. (Enter)
  15. Susan will help John _________________ a speech. (Write)
  16. Allen forced John __________________ the meeting. (Attend)
  17. We let him __________________ our organization. (Join)
  18. Lee allows the children _________________ in the garden. (Play)
  19. Australia Cricket Board didn’t let Chris Gail __________________ India. (Tour)
  20. The teacher helped me __________________ a lecture about Crime. (Present)

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