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A couple of hours back, my friend said to me, "you had me believing in the divine compensation."

It still confuses me that why should it not have been like this: you made me believe in the divine compensation.

Is the former correct? How? Had me believing seems odd to me. Please, help.

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  • You had me believing in (X)... until I finally realized (Y). Had carries the meaning that this condition ended before the present. – Davo Jan 31 '20 at 19:49
  • 1. You are on the wrong site. 2. Question marks are only used after questions. Your title is a noun phrase. – David Jan 31 '20 at 21:11
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It's a manner of speaking. It means that you moved the other person into a particular thought pattern, possibly against their will or despite their previous ideas, and in a surprising manner.

An example of using this might be: I watched the movie Superman and it had me believing a man could fly.

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There is an idiomatic expression here:

to have someone believing something, in the present, often used with a gerund, Compare that to: to have someone believe something.

He has me believing that he is poor. [present tense]

Yesterday, he had me believing he was rich! [past tense]

Believing him is not easy in any case.

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