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    Smile had me clean my room

    My mom had me clean/cleaning my room today.
    Daniel's joke had everyone at the party laughing/laugh.



    I presume you'll use clean and laughing respectively in the above two utterances, but why? What is the vital point in having the final say? Thanks.

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    Re: had me clean my room

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post

    My mom had me clean/cleaning my room today.
    Daniel's joke had everyone at the party laughing/laugh.

    I presume you'll use clean and laughing respectively in the above two utterances, but why? What is the vital point in having the final say? Thanks.
    In the first one, either clean or cleaning could be used, A. In the second one only laughing can be used.

    I don't understand what you mean by your final question.

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    Re: had me clean my room

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    In the first one, either clean or cleaning could be used, A. In the second one only laughing can be used.

    I don't understand what you mean by your final question.
    Thanks, riverkid, for the clear reply.
    By my final question, I mean, what key point decides the choice of dictions "clean/cleaning; laugh/laughing" in the sentences in question?

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    Re: had me clean my room

    My mom had me clean/cleaning my room today.
    Daniel's joke had everyone at the party laughing/laugh.

    I wouldn't say, necessarily, that there's a key point, A. In the 1st one, both choices make sense semantically. We often use the present continuous to show a more continuing, onerous task.

    For the 2nd one, laugh doesn't make sense semantically. 'laughing' is a continuous action, ... hmmmmmmm, ... though I'm not sure that that's the sole reason, or, come to think of it, any reason at all, because with a shift to the verb, 'make', we have the 'ing' form semantically unacceptable.

    Daniel's joke made everyone at the party [laughing] laugh.

    More cogitation needed.

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    Re: had me clean my room

    By the way, "My mom had me clean/cleaning my room today."

    Mom had me clean my room today. - Means that my room is now clean after working on it.

    Mom had me cleaning my room today. - Does not mean that the room is necessarily clean now, but it could still be a work in progress.


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    Re: had me clean my room

    Thanks, riverkid.
    And take your time on cogitation.

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