I've found the usage of "past participle as an object" in a dictionary. But I wanted to know in which cases I could use a past participle as an object.

Can I build up a sentence like this?

He makes me shone


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    Please provide an example of the construction you are asking about, or quote the text you found in the dictionary. Also, please clarify the question ("With ' past participle ' should it use ?" - should it be which?) May 22, 2016 at 3:47
  • You can't make an object be a past participle, the object has to want to be a past participle. (Sorry - that was a lame joke, not grammar advice.)
    – nnnnnn
    May 22, 2016 at 6:40

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When you say make in the sense of to cause/force to do, I think it takes a bare infinitive, not an object.

He makes me shine, He made me shine.

Past participles, when not used as a linking/auxillary/helping verb with a have or be, are generally modifiers.

One thing you can do with modifiers in English is use them as nouns, if the surrounding context supports strongly implying the noun and you are talking about a large group of things. For example.

I separated all the clothes by color, then I put all the red {clothes} in the laundry. (There's a lot of clothes).

The evil spirit cast a spell, and now the damned {spirits} walk the earth.

Doesn't apply to your example but that's when you can do it.


"Just go to the hotel reception and make yourself known (to the receptionist)."

Check out these references:

  1. Cambridge Dictionary

  2. Google Books: Ref #1

  3. Google Books: Ref #2

  • Please add a little more contents to your answer. An answer purely based on external link references isn't quite enough.
    – Varun Nair
    Aug 22, 2016 at 10:35

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