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    Made do

    Hi guys,

    What is the difference between "I made him do this" and "I made him to do this"?

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    Don't use the one with "to."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Don't use the one with "to."
    unless, for example, you made a scarecrow for the purpose of having him keep the birds away from your apple tree

    Sometimes it's easy to forget what a diverse variety of correct sentences the English language can compose.

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    ...though it's kinder to tufguy to give him a simple response to the question he asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    ...though it's kinder to tufguy to give him a simple response to the question he asked.
    It's more humane for all of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    ...though it's kinder to tufguy to give him a simple response to the question he asked.
    What he asked was "What is the difference between "I made him do this" and "I made him to do this"?" If you really think that Barb's answer is a good one, I have nothing more to say to you!

    add: And it is not only the poster of the question that reads replies.
    Last edited by 2006; 15-Jun-2014 at 21:42. Reason: add

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    If you really think that Barb's answer is a good one, I have nothing more to say to you!

    2006, you have recently said things like "This is my last word" or "Can this be my last post in this thread?" and now "I have nothing more to say to you". You seem to think that once you have stated your opinion, that should be the end of the thread.

    Whilst your interpretation and use of "I made him to do this" is possible, it is also a fairly unlikely usage and one which the OP is, at this stage of his/her English learning, unlikely to need or use.

    Had I been the first person to reply to the question, my answer would have been very similar to Barb's. I would probably have written "The difference is that the first is correct and the second is not in this context". I might have then added "There is a context in which the version with "to" is possible but it's not necessary to go into that now".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    I read somewhere that "I made him do this" means there was no choice for him and "I made him to do this" means he did it with his consent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I read somewhere that "I made him do this" means there was no choice for him and "I made him to do this" means he did it with his consent.
    That is completely inaccurate.

    I made him do the dishes before he could watch TV. = I required him to wash the dishes before he was allowed to watch TV.
    I made him to do the dishes = I created him for the purpose of washing dishes. (I built this robot, who I think of as male, to wash the dishes.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #10

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    Could we calm things down a bit, please? Most of this thread is about the participants rather than the topic. Thanks

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