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    hi,

    I was wondering if anyone can answer this question. "make your banker love you" or "make your banker loves you"? make you banker love you makes more sense to me but I can't quite figured out why that is. "banker" is the third person subject right? so how come it doesn't use "loves"? thanks in advance.

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    Re: love or loves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Relaxor View Post
    hi,

    I was wondering if anyone can answer this question. "make your banker love you" or "make your banker loves you"? make you banker love you makes more sense to me but I can't quite figured out why that is. "banker" is the third person subject right? so how come it doesn't use "loves"? thanks in advance.


    Make your banker love you - correct [make - causative verb; it is followed by a short infinitive verb - love-] ; banker is in the accusative case; it is not the subject of the sentence.

    Make

    'Make' as a causative verb expresses the idea that the person requires another person to do something.

    Construction Chart

    Subject + Make + Person + Base Form of Verb

    Examples:

    Peter made her do her homework.
    The teacher made / makes the students stay after class.



    Your banker loves you - correct [ banker - subject; loves - verb 3rd person singular]
    Last edited by Teia; 16-Aug-2007 at 22:38.

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    Re: love or loves?

    When you have another verb, like "does" or "make," the main verb takes what is called the bare infinitive, which is the infinitive form without the "to."

    He loves you. He does love you. Does he love you? Make him love you!

    [a writer, not a teacher]

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    Thank You, both of you. This makes things much clearer for me.

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