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    make somebody do something

    I need to make an exercise for my students to practice the structure "to make somebody do something". To my distress, I can't think of any "proper" sentences with the structure - all of them imply some "violence", e.g. Make her do the cooking. (It's not good when people are made to do something against their will.)

    I have thought of only one which doesn't sound so "brutal": Please make him stay with us for some more time.
    Could you help me and give some more ideas?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: make somebody do something

    I think you have to face the fact that the structure itself implies some type of force, albeit not necessarily violence.

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    #3

    Re: make somebody do something

    I am not a teacher.

    Please make yourself comfortable.

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    Re: make somebody do something

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    Please make yourself comfortable.
    Sorry, it's not what I need. I need the structure "to make somebody DO something".
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: make somebody do something

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I think you have to face the fact that the structure itself implies some type of force, albeit not necessarily violence.
    I agree, but here's one more - He always makes me laugh/smile (no force, hopefully). Maybe you can think of similar ones?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: make somebody do something

    She makes me feel ecstatic!

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    Re: make somebody do something

    As you can see englishhobby, there are different ways to use and interpret "to make somebody do something".

    He makes me do the washing up = He forces me to do the washing up
    He makes me feel ecstatic = He causes me to feel ecstatic

    (In case of confusion, "to do the washing up" = "to do the dishes".)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: make somebody do something

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Sorry, it's not what I need. I need the structure "to make somebody DO something".
    I am not a teacher.

    I understood what you meant. My post was a little facetious, but not entirely at odds with what you wanted. It amounts to asking someone to make himself do something.

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    Re: make somebody do something

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As you can see englishhobby, there are different ways to use and interpret "to make somebody do something".
    He makes me do the washing up = He forces me to do the washing up
    He makes me feel ecstatic = He causes me to feel ecstatic

    The second meaning of "make sb do something" (= to cause somebody behave in a certain way) is also OK, I need examples with it too. Are there any more examples?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #10

    Re: make somebody do something

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    I understood what you meant. My post was a little facetious, but not entirely at odds with what you wanted. It amounts to asking someone to make himself do something.
    Even if you meant it humorously, I still can't make it out, because comfortable is an adjective, not a verb. Is it something that native speakers only can get?

    She always makes me feel comfortable. - this one is OK for me, so thank you for the idea. (Though i am not sure in which situation one could use it.)
    Last edited by englishhobby; 15-Jan-2015 at 22:39.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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