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Grammar

Causative Verbs

We use causative verbs when we want to tell that someone or something makes something for us.

Causative verbs are: have, get, make, let and help.

Have/get something done

Imagine that you have a car that needs to be repaired. Imagine that you want someone (most likely, a mechanic) to repair it for you.
How do we express that? Read on to learn!

Generally, we use to have something done to express the fact that an activity (for example, repairing a car) will be performed by an unknown subject.

subject

have in some form

object

past participle

I

e.g. had /will have

my car

repaired.

Get is used in informal speech, e.g.: I need to get it repaired.

Examples:

  • I had my car washed at the supermarkt.
  • We have a lunch delivered to our office.
  • Tomorrow, he is going to have his watch repaired.
  • Kate will get her hair dyed next week.

The subject can become a little "less unknown" if we add by + noun after the expression:

  • I must have my eyes tested by a specialist.
  • I had a picture of myself painted by an artist.
  • I had my wallet stolen yesterday by a thief.

Have someone do something

When you pay or ask someone to do something for you, but this time you say who.

Examples:

  • We had the plumber repair the toilet.
  • The teacher had the students write the correct answers in their notebooks.
  • I have the gardener take care of our roses. 

Get someone to do something

When you persuade someone to do something for you.

Examples:

  • She always gets me to help with washing-up.
  • I couldn’t get Joe to wash his hands before meals.
  • How can teachers get pupils to read more?

Make someone do something

When you force someone or something to do something for you.

Examples:

  • The heavy fog has made the tourists stay at the airport all night.
  • I don’t think he can make his father buy that expensive mobile.
  • Romantic films always make her cry.

Let someone/something do something

When you let (give permission) someone to do something or you allow that something happens.

Examples:

  • Will your parents let you back home after midnight?
  • I'm not sure if my boss will let me take three days off.
  • Please, let me go!

Help someone do something 

When you help someone (to) do something. Using to is less common in spoken language.

Examples:

  • Could you help me carry my suitcase?
  • My friends helped me move to the new apartment.
VerbAbout VerbsAction VerbsCausative VerbsContractionsDo and MakeFinite and Nonfinite VerbsGerundInfinitive FormInversionLinking VerbsModal VerbsMay and MightMoodsPhrasal VerbsSay and TellShallStative VerbsThird Person SingularUsed toRegular VerbsIrregular VerbsVerb FormsCompound Verbs
ConditionalConditionalZero ConditionalFirst ConditionalSecond ConditionalThird ConditionalMixed ConditionalInversion in Conditional Sentences
Passive VoicePassive VoicePresent Simple PassivePresent Continuous PassivePast Simple PassivePast Continuous PassivePerfect Tenses PassiveFuture Simple PassiveGoing to PassiveSay / Believe / SupposeGet + Participle
Adverbs of FrequencyAdverbs of FrequencyAdverbs of Frequency - Position in Sentence
QuestionsQuestion TagsRhetorical QuestionsEcho Questions
Reported SpeechReported SpeechModals in Reported SpeechReported Commands and RequestsReported QuestionsPresent Perfect in Reported SpeechFuture Perfect in Reported Speech
Irregular VerbsIrregular Verbs - GroupsIrregular Verbs - Forms
ParticiplesPresent ParticiplePast ParticiplePerfect Participle
Other TopicsWill vs. Going toIf / Even if / Whether / Unless If + Were or If + WasAs If / As Though + Past SubjunctiveHabits Expressed by Will and WouldHad BetterSubject
Read MoreAuxiliary VerbsAuxiliary Verbs: To BeAuxiliary Verbs: To HaveAuxiliary Verbs: To DoWhen To Use the Verb To Be