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    Usage of "Have" and "Make (with bare infinitive)".

    I have two queries to ask.

    1. Can we use following sentences as same according to English Grammar rules and meaning?

    # You have me laughing.
    and

    # you make me laugh.

    2. If we use subject as "He" in following sentence instead of "They" then we will use "has" or "have" with it.

    # They have you fighting.
    and
    # He has you fighting. Or He have you fighting.

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    #2

    Re: Usage of "Have" and "Make (with bare infinitive)".

    1. "You make me laugh" is a general statement. It doesn't necessarily relate to right now.
    "You have me laughing" is unnatural, and better expressed as "You're making me laugh".

    2. "He have" is ungrammatical.

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    Re: Usage of "Have" and "Make (with bare infinitive)".

    Quote Originally Posted by shahjehansoomro View Post
    I have two queries to ask.

    1. Can we use following sentences as same according to English Grammar rules and meaning?

    # You have me laughing.
    and

    # you make me laugh.
    In AmE, "You have me laughing" is used. It is informal.

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    #4

    Re: Usage of "Have" and "Make (with bare infinitive)".

    It's generally used in the past tense.

    You had me laughing.




    --lotus

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    #5

    Re: Usage of "Have" and "Make (with bare infinitive)".

    Google returns about the same number of hits for both tenses.

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    Re: Usage of "Have" and "Make (with bare infinitive)".

    Question #1

    If we want to use "He" subject instead of "You" subject in "You have me laughing." sentence, will we change "have" into "has"?
    Please correct following sentence if it is wrong.

    # He has me laughing.


    Question #2

    Though usage of "Have" in the sentence like "you have me laughing." can also be used in (Present "have",Past"had",Future"will have") tenses.
    I want to know can we also use it in "continuous tense"? as below:

    # You are having me laughing. (Continuous tense)

    Question #3

    This question is related to Vocabulary. I always want to make my vocabulary strong.
    I want to ask about " synonym words " that can we use synonym words any time anywhere? or meaning of some synonym words is same but usage is used in different scenario or situations.

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    Re: Usage of "Have" and "Make (with bare infinitive)".

    1. If you use "he", you need to change the verb to "has".
    2. I would not use that construction.
    3. There are very few (some say there are none) "perfect" synonyms, two words that are completely interchangeable in all uses.

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    #8

    Re: Usage of "Have" and "Make (with bare infinitive)".

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    You had me laughing.
    This would be fine in BrE.

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