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    #1

    MADE her pupils *Skip* (present tense?) across.....?

    I chose the answer SKIP to the following question:

    As part of the warming up exercise, the teacher made her pupils SKIP across the tennis court.

    To me, the sentence is in the past tense because of the word "made". Is that right?
    If I use "skipped" instead of "skip", it seems wrong.

    If SKIP is correct, what is the reason for it being correct? If it is wrong, please help me understand.

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    Re: MADE her pupils *Skip* (present tense?) across.....?

    "Skip" is correct. "Made" is called a causative verb. The second verb(skip) is always in the infinitive.
    http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglis...-have-let-make

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    #3

    Re: MADE her pupils *Skip* (present tense?) across.....?

    With sentences like this (all causative verbs), the tense applies only to the causative verb.

    I make her skip.
    I made her skip.
    I have made her skip.
    I had made her skip.
    I will make her skip.

    I let her go.
    I let her go. (Past simple)
    I have let her go.
    I had let her go.
    I will let her go.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: MADE her pupils *Skip* (present tense?) across.....?

    (1) If the sentence is changed to:

    ---> The teacher made her pupils (SKIP or SKIPPED) across the tennis court a fortnight ago.

    I would have chosen SKIPPED because of "a fortnight ago". However, it sounds wrong.....


    (2) For the following sentence, it seems like "serviced" should be the right answer. If it is, why? Are there any differences between the above and below sentences?

    ----> I had my car serviced a fortnight ago.

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    Re: MADE her pupils *Skip* (present tense?) across.....?

    #1 is active. The pupils skip.
    #2 is passive. The car is serviced (by someone else). In the future with self-driving cars, you will be able to say something like "I had my car drive me to the airport." Then the car will be the actor and the sentence will be active.

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