Is is grammatically okay to use ‘settle’ for causative purpose ? Is this sentence okay “ I settle whom I will at my home” ?

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    It’s not clear what you wish that sentence to mean. Nor what you’re asking. Can you clarify or add detail? Commented Sep 4, 2023 at 1:22
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    I make the baby settle is causative. I settle the baby is not. Commented Sep 4, 2023 at 1:33
  • What do you mean? You let anybody live at your home, or you make anybody comfortable? Either way it's not idiomatic, but without knowing what you mean it's hard to answer.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Sep 4, 2023 at 15:44

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No, the verb "settle" can't be used with an object like this.

In the sense of "go and live somewhere, permanently" the verb is intransitive, with an almost obligatory prepositional phrase. "I settled in America". It would be odd to say "He settled in my home". There is a transitive sense, but it means "arrive in a new country and use the land": "People from Asia settled America over 20000 years ago" - you certainly can't use that sense with "my home".

And you can't give "settle" an object meaning the the person who settles. You can't say "I settled him in America", and certainly not "I settled him in my home" Consequently "I settle whom I will in my home" is not correct.

You can simply say "I choose who lives in my home" or if you prefer "I choose whomsoever I will to live at my home" (if you want over-the-top flowery language)

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    'Settle' can have an object meaning the person who settles. One of Oxford's definitions is make (someone) comfortable in a particular place or position. "she allowed him to settle her in the taxi" But I assume the OP means 'allow them to live in my home' rather than 'make them feel comfortable'. Commented Sep 4, 2023 at 8:18

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