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    Usage of Causative Sentences.

    Which of the following sentences is correct as causative sentence in present tense?

    # He get the letter written by me.
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    # He gets the letter written by me.

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    Re: Usage of Causative Sentences.

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    Re: Usage of Causative Sentences.

    He gets the letter written by me.
    "Written by me" is simply a participial phrase modifying letter. The main sentence is "He gets the letter."


    The verb here is not causative. For it to be causative, it needs to direct or cause another verb to happen.

    He encouraged me to pursue my goals.
    He allowed me to stay in his apartment.
    He convinced me to change careers.

    He let me borrow his pen.
    He made me miss my flight.
    He had me going in circles.

    One of the most common mistakes made by ESL learners is to add "to" in front of the second verb when using the causative verbs "have", "make" and "let" -- especially in conversational speech. These are the only three causative verbs which do not take "to" in front of the second verb.

    He made me to miss my flight. (wrong)
    He had me to go in circles. (wrong)
    He let me to borrow his pen. (wrong)

    To use "get" in the original sentence as a causative verb, you would say "He got me to write a letter." But its meaning would not be the same as the original sentence.


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    Last edited by lotus888; 22-May-2014 at 18:19. Reason: removed repeating "the"

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