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For questions involving the use of MAKE in a causative sense, as in "The Devil made me do it" = "The Devil caused or compelled me to do it".

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Can verbs have more than one classification?

I'm confused because I'm unsure about the innate nature of a verb. Help, Let, Make, etc., are known or classified as causative verbs. So in the sentence: 'I made the student do his homework', the verb ...
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Causative without "make or get"?

First sentence doesn't have "make" or "get". Still is it causative? What is the differences between these sentences and which one is truer? He tried to scare them. He tried to ...
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Why is "John makes Bob looks short." wrong?

In an imaginary situation where John is 200 cm tall and Bob 190 cm. Bob is still tall but at the side of John, he looks short. Why is "John makes Bob looks short." wrong? "Bob looks ...
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Is "I will never know what makes the rain to fall?" correct?

I'll never know what makes the rain to fall. I have read a post about make something to+verb /make something+verb? The answers shows the above sentence is correct, but when I paste it to a grammar ...
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'Make it happen' or 'make it happens'

We use the phrase make it happen. But why don't we use happens since it has the third-person pronoun it? Why not Make it happens
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If sentences like "make me understand", "makes me walk" is correct, then how "It makes me motivated to die" is correct?

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. ...
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'X makes the device operate' or 'X makes the device operates'

If I use the word "make" before a verb, shall I add "s" to the verb coming after it? The mechanism makes the device operates and retries. Or The mechanism makes the device ...
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Make parents of how much I earn? [closed]

I saw the following in a Facebook post, but I don't know what it means: Make parents of how much I earn. Make parents of how happy I am. Is something missing?
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Why "He was made to pay" and not "he was made pay"?

I understand that after the verb MAKE, the verb that follows should be written without TO, Example: "They made him pay all the money" however, why it sound so correct to me: "He was ...
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I made a marketing research - VS - I did a marketing research

Make VS do I made a marketing research - VS - I did a marketing research Marketing Research= a written business report most of the time printed and delivered to people in business meetings Do you ...
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Which is the main verb and object of this sentence here?

He makes me do the work. I don't understand which is the main verb here. I know that "make" is a causative verb in this sentence but which is the main verb? Is it make or do? and which is the main ...
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Difference: 'leave somebody wondering' vs. 'make somebody wonder'?

Is there a difference between (a) 'leave somebody wondering' and (b) 'make somebody wonder'? If so, what difference? Is there some difference in aspect? For example, does 'leave somebody wondering' ...
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Can 'make' have 'having fluttered' as its objective complement?

Even though grammar books says ‘make’ don’t have present participle as its objective complement; this sentence “The potion makes the moths having fluttered and all dead” seems to be not ungrammatical. ...
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You MADE/HAD/GOT me check the dictionary

Earlier today, I read an answer by jonlink which used the zero plural aspirin. I wasn't sure whether that was correct, so I had to check a dictionary. I found that both aspirin and aspirins are okay ...
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I am made to shut up or I was made to shut up

I'm watching a video about Passive Causative;as of the minute 2:07 there is a sentence written on the board that it's read as: I am made to shut up Given that he is using the present form of the ...
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Do we always use a verb word after 'make'?

I saw this sentence in a book: "If we work together, we will make it possible for the society to provide us with more facilities." But I had read from a TOEFL structure book that I should avoid using ...
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makes the high cost of convenience "seem" - should it be "seems"

I had read a sentence in a magazine: Staying connected is what makes the high cost of convenience—an average of $3,300 a year for the Moore's plan—seem well worth it to them. Should "...
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Passivizing causative "make" - 'be made shudder'?

Rewrite it in the passive: "These odds would make a professional player shudder" I would do it as follows:"A professional player would be made shudder by these odds". This sounds ...
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"Using Causative Verbs"

The causative verbs are: "Make, Have and Get" "I made my brother carry my suitcase." "I had my brother carry my suitcase." "I got my brother to carry my suitcase." Why we should use an ...