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    causative verbs make, have,get

    Dear teachers,

    Here are a few sentences where are used a few different causative verbs.

    I made my brother carry my suitcase.
    (My brother had no choice. I insisted that he carry my suitcase)

    I had my brother carry my suitcase.
    (My brother carry my suitcase simply because I asked him to.)

    I got my brother to carry my suitcase.
    (I managed to persuade my brother to carry my suitcase.)

    but

    I caused my watch to be repaired by someone.
    I had my watch repaired (by someone).
    I get my watch repaired (by someone).

    The past participle is used after have and get to give a passive meaning. In this case, there is usually little or no difference in meaning between have and get.

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me why there is a difference in the interpretation of the causative verbs in the former case and why there is no difference in the meaning in the latter case?

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Exclamation Re: causative verbs make, have,get

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Here are a few sentences where are used a few different causative verbs.
    I made my brother carry my suitcase.
    (My brother had no choice. I insisted that he carry my suitcase)
    I made (=forced) him to act as a bearer
    I had my brother carry my suitcase.
    (My brother carry my suitcase simply because I asked him to.)
    I had (= caused) him to act as a bearer
    I got my brother to carry my suitcase.
    (I managed to persuade my brother to carry my suitcase.)
    I got (= caused) ) him to act as a bearer

    I caused my watch to be repaired by someone.
    I had my watch repaired (by someone).
    I get my watch repaired (by someone).

    The past participle is used after have and get to give a passive meaning. In this case, there is usually little or no difference in meaning between have and get.

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me why there is a difference in the interpretation of the causative verbs in the former case and why there is no difference in the meaning in the latter case?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    In the former case the sentences are in active form and the subject determines the action of the agent which depends on the nature of the causative verb according to the basic structure as below.
    Subject + Causative verb+ Agent + Action verb + Object
    In the first sentence the causative verb is make and it basically means; force, compel
    The other two causative verbs have and got have more or less same the meaning.
    In passive form the agent can be any body who acts according to the nature of the causative verb.

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