In English grammar, we use a few verbs when describing an action someone does at the orders/requests/wishes or someone else. These are called causative verbs, and you can learn more about using them correctly with the following exercises.
What Are Causative Verbs?
Causative verbs are used in English to talk about someone who makes another person do something for them. These verb forms typically describe the reason why something happened.
The most common causative verbs in English are:
Since there are only a few causative forms of verbs in English, there are some basic rules for using them:
- Let – Followed by an object
- Allow + let – Use “to” before the verb describing the action
- Make – Its object is always a person followed by the base form of the verb
- Get – Is followed by an object and the infinitive form of the verb
- Have – Uses an object and the base form of the verb
When to Use Causative Verbs
You use causative verbs when you want to talk about something a person did for another person.
Examples of the correct verb form:
- My mom had my brother take out the trash.
- Dad always forces me to call my grandmother every day.
- She let me clean her room.
- My teacher allows us to go use the restroom during his class.