Is there any significant difference in meaning between have + object + verb/ing and make + object + verb? I heard there is always difference in English words when compared to their synonyms. the same goes for my mother tongue and every other language too. but how different are they? can I use them interchangeably?

as in

this video made me laugh

this video had me laugh/laughing

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There is no difference between made me laugh and had me laughing. (We don't say had me laugh).

However, She made me wash the dishes could imply that I was unwillingly compelled to do so, while She soon had me washing the dishes could refer to my allotted task as an employee or volunteer.

  • according to the second answer to the post here: link There is a usage of have somebody verb. Is it only limited to 'laugh' that I can't use this structure?
    – pheno8
    Feb 13, 2022 at 3:09
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    Oh, oh, I forgot that Americans use have someone do something to mean cause them to do it. (I still think that it had me laugh is unidiomatic, though.) Feb 13, 2022 at 8:47
  • That's interesting. Thank you!
    – pheno8
    Feb 13, 2022 at 12:40

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