Which of these sentences is correct and more common?
- The show made us be happy.
- The show made us happy.
To me both are correct with a little difference in meaning!
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In the first one, the show forced you to be happy, whereas in the second one you got happy by the simple presence of the show. More generally:
To make/have someone do something
Means to force someone to do something, through persuasive means or even by force.
My mother made me wash the dishes
Means that, through authority, your mom forced you to do something. You'll understand that having the show forcing you to do things sounds a little ... bizarre !