Suppose a friend says something to me which is incorrect, and because of that I do some research and learn something which is good for me. Now, in order to be polite and kind, can I say

"You caused me to learn this"

to him/her?

Are there better alternatives, e.g. by replacing 'cause' with 'make'? ("You made me learn this.")

According to macmillandictionary.com, the structure cause someone to do something means

to make something happen, usually something bad

(emphasis by me)

  • Caused is not a good choice here. Prompted, prodded or inspired would fit better. Or you could rephrase it as You suggested.... – Ronald Sole Nov 15 '19 at 11:23

In this case, we are not dealing with a grammatical question, but a semantic one. All verbs mentioned here would fit well grammatically speaking, however, as we saw on Collins definition: to cause normally implies something bad. Therefore, other verbs would fit better there, such as: Persuade, lead, encourage, induce..

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