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    cause them worse//get/make

    Hello!

    I have come across the following phrase:

    "Such medicines may produce headaches or cause them to worsen, the clinic says."

    Im wondering if I could also say, without changing the meaning or doing it just slightly, the following sentences:

    "Such.... or make them worsen,...."
    "Such.... or get them worse,..."

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: cause them worse//get/make

    Quote Originally Posted by for learning View Post
    Hello!

    I have come across the following phrase:

    "Such medicines may produce headaches or cause them to worsen, the clinic says."

    Im wondering if I could also say, without changing the meaning or doing it just slightly, the following sentences:

    "Such.... or make them worsen,...." This is ok.
    "Such.... or get them worse,..." This is incorrect, you could say "...make them get worse..."

    Thank you very much in advance.
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    Re: cause them worse//get/make

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
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    Thank you bhaisahab!

    So I cant ever use the verb "to get" that way, I guess from your reply, when using it with participle, either.
    For example: "I hope Im not getting her bored"(it would be wrong); I should say "I hope Im not making her get bored", or even "I hope Im not causing her to get bored".
    So:The structure: To get someone "participle" is never correct, isnt it?.


    Regards.

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    Re: cause them worse//get/make

    Quote Originally Posted by for learning View Post
    Thank you bhaisahab!

    So I cant ever use the verb "to get" that way, I guess from your reply, when using it with participle, either.
    For example: "I hope Im not getting her bored"(it would be wrong); I should say "I hope Im not making her get bored", or even "I hope Im not causing her to get bored".
    So:The structure: To get someone "participle" is never correct, isnt it?.


    Regards.
    Well, you can "get someone drunk".

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    Re: cause them worse//get/make

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Well, you can "get someone drunk".
    Yes, that is most interesting. You can get someone drunk, get them in trouble, or get them angry. But it sounds wrong to say that you get them bored or get them worse.

    Perhaps someone can shed some light on just why this is.

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