Confusion between

The situation made everyone worried about the future.


The situation made everyone worry about the future.

To me, it seems both are grammatical. Clarification would be appreciated.

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They both are correct.

In the first sentence they use the past participle (worried) after the verb to make (made). We use this construction not only with participles but also with adjectives (although the past participle performs the function of the adjective in this case):

He made me happy. The news made me sad. Her voice made me worried.

All the sentences above are about someone starting feeling somehow: happy, sad or worried.

In the second sentence they use the construction "make + verb." This time "make" means to force someone (to do something):

The film made me cry. The story made me laugh. The situation made me worry.

The sentences above are about someone starting doing something.

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