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    I let the maid (clean/cleaning) the room

    Hello, I am learning english as a foreign language and wondering this while studying.......

    I'd like to know the usage of causative verbs. As far as I know(actually the knowledge by school teacher), causative verbs(let, make, have) only takes "bare infiitive". But it seem like somewhere in the book, I read "they also take participle".

    So, "I had my car repaired." is correct. Considering this, the sentence of "I let the maid cleaning" isn't correct? In summary,

    1. I made him clean the room.
    2. I made him cleaning the room.
    3. I made the room cleaned
    3. I let the maid clean the room.
    4. I let the maid cleaning the room.
    5. I let the room cleaned.

    Aren't all the sentences correct? Please teach me the correct usage of causative verbs whether they only take "bare infinitive"....

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: I let the maid (clean/cleaning) the room

    1. I made him clean the room.
    2. I made him cleaning the room.
    3. I made the room cleaned.
    3. I let the maid clean the room.
    4. I let the maid cleaning the room.
    5. I let the room cleaned.

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    Re: I let the maid (clean/cleaning) the room

    I'm not a teacher and I haven't study causative verbs yet.

    I had my car repaired. This sentence has a passive structure and quite differ from the sentence - I made him clean the room or I let the maid clean the room (Here the verbs made and let should be causative).


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    Re: I let the maid (clean/cleaning) the room

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    I had my car repaired.
    This is not passive voice. There is no (conjugated) auxiliary 'be'. This is a causative structure. The sentence means 'I assigned the work of reparation of my car to someone'.

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    #5

    Re: I let the maid (clean/cleaning) the room

    I don't understand then why "have something done" is in the passive part of the grammar book.


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    Re: I let the maid (clean/cleaning) the room

    I don't understand then why "have something done" is in the passive part of the grammar book.
    That makes two of us.

    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/...akes+two+of+us

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