First I like to say that I am not a native speaker and I beg pardon for my ignorance. Usually, I have seen a lot of examples like,

"It makes me walk", "Make me understand" etc.

This indicates that make/makes + pronoun + Verb(main form).

Today I have seen two sentences which are, "It makes me motivated to die" and another one, "It makes me excited". On those sentences, they used the Past Participle form.

Can somebody please explain in detail the explanation of it? I would be grateful to him. Thank you.

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We can speak of both making someone do something (your 'make + pronoun + verb), meaning cause them to do it or force them to do it

and making them [adjective], meaning cause them to be in a certain condition.

"It makes me excited" is the second usage.

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    does "motivated to die" sound natural to you? Apr 20, 2021 at 13:28
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    @AndrewTobilko It's probably not frequently used, but yes, in the right context it would sound perfectly natural. For example, you're forced to attend a presentational by a motivational speaker by your company. The speaker asks "Is everyone motivated?", and you lean over to your co-worker and whisper "Yeah, motivated to die"
    – Kevin
    Apr 20, 2021 at 13:31
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    One wouldn't normally use makes me motivated to..., though. motivates me to... does the job better. But the same can't be said of understand. That's the whole point of the question I believe.
    – user126190
    Apr 21, 2021 at 4:33

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