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Causative Verbs

Definition

A causative verb is used to describe a situation in which the subject “causes” the object to do something.

Example

The instructor made her students review the lessons after class.

Explanation

Causative verbs —

  • include “make”, “have”, and “get”.
  • take the form make / have + simple form of verb and get + infinitive.
  • use auxiliary verb + not in the negative form.
  • use auxiliary verbs in yes / no questions.
  • follow regular rules for wh-question formation.