I was asked today if structures with "make + not + infinitive" are common, for example
Our boss makes us not be late
My immediate reaction was to change the verb "Our boss doesn't let us be late". Should I have kept 'make'?
Thank you! But are there any contexts where they would sound fine? For example,
During the shooting process the director made her not smile
No, it sounds wrong
I've just reread billmcd's reply - why doesn't 'our boss doesn't let us be late" work? How do I express lack of permission then? I can imagine people saying to each other:
- My boss is great. I arrived about forty minutes later - got stick in a traffic jam - and he didn't even say a word!
- I envy you. My boss doesn't let us be late for work. (or doesn't allow us to be late for work)
They work IMO.