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    Default absence makes the heart grow fonder

    why is it not "absence makes the heart grows fonder"?

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    Default Re: absence makes the heart grow fonder

    Examine phrases that begin "makes the" and you will see that they are similar. Examples:
    Fertilizer makes the grass grow faster.
    Having a deadline makes Tom work faster.
    Giving him encouragement makes Ron work harder.
    What do you think is the principle at work here? (And does it matter?)


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    Default Re: absence makes the heart grow fonder

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Examine phrases that begin "makes the" and you will see that they are similar. Examples:
    Fertilizer makes the grass grow faster.

    Having a deadline makes Tom work faster.

    Giving him encouragement makes Ron work harder.

    What do you think is the principle at work here? (And does it matter?)

    am i right to say that "grow" and "work" in the above examples are not verb? if not what are they? adjectives?

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    Default Re: absence makes the heart grow fonder

    anyone?

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    Default Re: absence makes the heart grow fonder

    Hi hat123
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    The verb make is used as a "causative verb" in your sentence. Make someone/something do (something) means "force or cause someone/something to do (something)". As you can see, after using the words cause or force, you need the "to infinitive". But when make is used as a causative, it is used in combination with a "bare infinitive".
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    make + someone/something + bare infinitive
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    So, in your original sentence, grow is a bare infinitive.
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    Last edited by Philly; 12-Sep-2006 at 15:44. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: absence makes the heart grow fonder

    Quote Originally Posted by hat123 View Post
    why is it not "absence makes the heart grows fonder"?

    Hi

    As Philly has already written ,"make' is a causative verb and it is followed by a short or bare infinitive.
    Other causative verbs are "help" and "let" :
    e.g.

    Help him do his homework.
    Let me help you with your homework.

    Hope it helps.

    All the best,

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    Default Re: absence makes the heart grow fonder

    Quote Originally Posted by hat123 View Post
    am i right to say that "grow" and "work" in the above examples are not verb? if not what are they? adjectives?
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    Am I right to say that "grow" and "work" in the above examples are not verbs? If not what are they? Adjectives?

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