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    "Get+object+adjective"

    Hi,
    "Get+object+adjective" can be used with the meaning "make smb. or smth. become", as in "I can get it clean in 5 minutes."
    Can I say the following sentences then?
    "Can you get him happy by tomorrow?" or should I say "Can you make him happy by tomorrow?"
    Thank you.

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    Re: "Get+object+adjective"

    Quote Originally Posted by vasea1977 View Post
    Hi,
    "Get+object+adjective" can be used with the meaning "make smb. or smth. become", as in "I can get it clean in 5 minutes."
    Can I say the following sentences then?
    "Can you get him happy by tomorrow?" or should I say "Can you make him happy by tomorrow?"
    Thank you.
    No, "get" is not natural in that sentence.

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    Re: "Get+object+adjective"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, "get" is not natural in that sentence.
    Hello.

    I don't find "Can you make him happy by tomorrow?" natural either. (It is grammatical, of course.)

    Boss: Can you finish the report by tomorrow?
    Me: Certainly.

    Boss: Can you make him happy by tomorrow?
    Me: I beg your pardon?

    Well, I can't think of a natural context where "Can you make him happy by tomorrow?" is used.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 08-Aug-2013 at 15:51.

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    Re: "Get+object+adjective"

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Boss: Can you make him happy by tomorrow?
    Me: I beg your pardon?
    We're not going to ask what kind of boss would ask that!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: "Get+object+adjective"

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.

    I don't find "Can you make him happy by tomorrow?" natural either. (It is grammatical, of course.)

    Boss: Can you finish the report by tomorrow?
    Me: Certainly.

    Boss: Can you make him happy by tomorrow?
    Me: I beg your pardon?

    Well, I can't think of a natural context where "Can you make him happy by tomorrow?" is used.
    Boss: We have a client who is unhappy with the quality of our service.
    You: What can I do?
    Boss: Can you make him happy by tomorrow?

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    Re: "Get+object+adjective"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Boss: We have a client who is unhappy with the quality of our service.
    You: What can I do?
    Boss: Can you make him happy by tomorrow?
    Me: Certainly, sir.

    24 hours later

    Me: This was all I could do to make him happy. Is there anything else I can do for him, sir?


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    Re: "Get+object+adjective"

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Me: Certainly, sir.

    24 hours later

    Me: This was all I could do to make him happy. Is there anything else I can do for him, sir?

    How about a big thick steak?

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