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    While doing a grammar exercise on a site, I noticed that their answer was wrong, or at least, I think so. Would you be so kind and help me?

    Thunder always makes me ---- .
    a. scare
    b. scaring
    c. scary
    d. scared

    I suppose that the correct answer is a that is scare, but they say that it should be d, that is scared.. Now I really get scared if the answer is d, and this is because I consider make as a causative verb and treat it as such.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi!

    While doing a grammar exercise on a site, I noticed that their answer was wrong, or at least, I think so. Would you be so kind and help me?

    Thunder always makes me ---- .
    a. scare
    b. scaring
    c. scary
    d. scared

    I suppose that the correct answer is a that is scare, but they say that it should be d, that is scared.. Now I really get scared if the answer is d, and this is because I consider make as a causative verb and treat it as such.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Scared is an adjective here, just as angry is:
    She made me scared/angry. = She caused me to be scared/angry.

    If you wanted to put the verb scare instead of the adjective scared, you would then have to apply an object to the verb - scare is a transitive verb:
    She made me scare my little brother. = She caused me to do something so that my little brother would be scared.

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    Default Re: causative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Scared is an adjective here, just as angry is:
    She made me scared/angry. = She caused me to be scared/angry.

    If you wanted to put the verb scare instead of the adjective scared, you would then have to apply an object to the verb - scare is a transitive verb:
    She made me scare my little brother. = She caused me to do something so that my little brother would be scared.
    Hi Engee!

    Thank you so much for your complete and very professional answer. I should have thought of that. My ear did not help me at all this time. If I had taken into consideration the grammar problem, I wouldn`t have made such a stupid mistake. Yes, I should have applied an object to have a causative here.

    Thank you again

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    Default Re: causative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi!

    While doing a grammar exercise on a site, I noticed that their answer was wrong, or at least, I think so. Would you be so kind and help me?

    Thunder always makes me ---- .
    a. scare
    b. scaring
    c. scary
    d. scared

    I suppose that the correct answer is a that is scare, but they say that it should be d, that is scared.. Now I really get scared if the answer is d, and this is because I consider make as a causative verb and treat it as such.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Theoretically speaking, scary works too.

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    Default Re: causative verb

    Thank you very much Svartnik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Theoretically speaking, scary works too.
    No way, svartnik. Not in this case. Scary means something different than scared.

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    Default Re: causative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    No way, svartnik. Not in this case. Scary means something different than scared.
    Oops, you are right Engee. I thought that Svartnik`s answer referred to scare not scary. Scary means frightening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Oops, you are right Engee. I thought that Svartnik`s answer referred to scare not scary. Scary means frightening.
    Spot on, Teia.

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