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    This is a part of a test question, and the answer for the underlined is "work".
    What about "working"? Doesn't it make sense? I seem to have heard that "make A ~ing" is for continuous action while "make A bare infinitive" is for one-time action. What do you think?

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    ex)Animals that are active during the day are called diurnal...We are probably most familiar with the diurnal animals since they are the ones that are awake when we are. We make many of these animals, such as horses, donkeys, camels, and llamas working/work for us. Animals that are active during the night are called noncturnal...

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    Default Re: make A working/work

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    This is a part of a test question, and the answer for the underlined is "work".
    What about "working"? Doesn't it make sense? I seem to have heard that "make A ~ing" is for continuous action while "make A bare infinitive" is for one-time action. What do you think?

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    ex)Animals that are active during the day are called diurnal...We are probably most familiar with the diurnal animals since they are the ones that are awake when we are. We make many of these animals, such as horses, donkeys, camels, and llamas working/work for us. Animals that are active during the night are called noncturnal...
    Well, if I may use a common expression, "you are mixing apples with oranges" or using verb forms with an article ("A") and verb forms without an article. Your example does not include an article and "work" is the correct choice. Use of "make a ___ing" is OK, but the only expression I can think of at the moment is "make a living"

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    Default Re: make A working/work

    Thanks a lot! You mean like "We were short of hands, so I made a hard-working clerk working all day long." can work?
    But anyway, such case seems to be very rare.

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    Default Re: make A working/work

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Thanks a lot! You mean like "We were short of hands, so I made a hard-working clerk working all day long." can work?
    But anyway, such case seems to be very rare.
    No. The example given by billmcd of "making a living" uses "living" as a noun. In your example above, you would say "I made a hard-working clerk work all day long".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: make A working/work

    I've heard "I had him working" is possible, but probably "make" can't be applied in this case. "make" and "have" are all causative verbs, but there seems to be some difference between them.

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    Default Re: make A working/work

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I've heard "I had him working" is possible, but probably "make" can't be applied in this case.
    'Definitely', not 'probably'.

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