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    #1

    have/make

    1."I had my son wash my car."
    2."I made my son wash my car."

    Is there any difference between these two sentences above?
    I have no English teacher, I try to improve my language on my own. Thanks for your help.

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    #2

    Re: have/make

    "Make somebody do something' can mean 'force someone to do something', see http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/make_1 Definition#5

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    #3

    Re: have/make

    The second implies more force than then first. In both cases, the car probably got washed.

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    Re: have/make

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, in 2. he was forced, compelled or obliged to wash your car.

    In 1. you could have just arranged for him to do it.

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    #5

    Re: have/make

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The second implies more force than then first. In both cases, the car probably got washed.
    So, what about

    "I got my son to wash my car." ?

    Could you compare this one with the others also please?
    I have no English teacher, I try to improve my language on my own. Thanks for your help.

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    #6

    Re: have/make

    To me, that intensity matches the first.

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    #7

    Re: have/make

    I am not a teacher.

    For me 'got' is closer to 'had' than it is to 'made'.

    It could also mean that you tricked him or talked him into it.

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